Neil Needs You

49815244_1595319647229866_r.jpegMy brother Neil had a life changing motorbike accident on July 17 which has left him with spinal injuries, paralysis and the need for facial reconstruction surgery. Neil is not someone who normally asks for help, but his family and friends are asking for your help now. Neil needs you. He needs positive vibes, positive energy, encouraging words, and some big financial support.

After a day of surfing with his good mate Dave, Neil had a motorbike accident. When Neil didn’t return home, Dave went back looking for him. Four hours later he was found in a ditch with the motorbike on top of him. He was taken to hospital where x-rays and CT scans showed fractures in his vertebrae that required a spinal cord specialist.

It was clear he required specialised medical treatment so he was transported to the international hospital in Bali (BIMC) - a gruelling 6 hour ambulance ride.

The team at BIMC have been great. He’s in good hands and receiving excellent care. He’s had multiple surgeries and he now has stabiliser plates supporting his fractured neck. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit. At this point Neil is paralysed from the chest down but we’re hoping that once the swelling in his spinal cord subsides he may regain some feeling. He only has a one in three chance of walking again. Basically he’s done a bloody good job of it, but we have every confidence that with all of our love, good energy, and support, he will make a good recovery.

Anyone who knows Neil, knows of his love for surfing. Originally a Byron Bay boy, his love for the water and for surfing became part of his DNA while living in Bondi as a teenager and being part of the surfing community. It is here that he found his surfing brothers – a family that continues to grow.

Surfing has given Neil an escape from the challenges of his mental health. It has given him light when for a time there was only darkness, and it’s for this reason that he’s made Indonesia and its waves his home. We are so very grateful to his Indonesian friends who are looking out for him, and especially grateful to Matt Elks who has taken time out from his family to be by his side at the hospital, and to give us continual updates. When this first happened I thanked Matt for being away from his family so that he could be with mine. Matt just said ‘Lou, I know he would do the same thing for me’.

We desperately need to raise some funds. It has only been four days so far, but the medical bill to date currently stands at a huge AU$40,000 and obviously this will increase as it’s early days yet.

Given the state of the world right now, it’s breaking my heart that we can’t be with Neil. I know he’s in incredible pain. I know he needs us. I know going forward this will be a tough journey for him. We’re asking for your help.  

Give as little or as much as you can. It’s all going to help, and it all matters. Keep sending your positive energy to him, and your positive comments on Facebook. Share this far and wide. We can’t do this alone. We’re asking for help. We need you. Neil needs you. 



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Louise Webber 
Swansea, NSW
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