I say recovering because 14 years ago on the 17th of June, she was involved in a serious motorbike accident which almost claimed her life. Her parents were advised that she wouldn't pull through, to make preparations for her impending death, that she would be reliant on a ventilator to keep her alive. She defied that.
Doctors told her and the family that she would never regain the ability to move any part of her body, that she would be paralysed from the neck down. She defied that too.
In fact, Nix has, through her own sheer will and determination, regained the abillity to move her arms, type Whatsapp messages faster than I do, can eat on her own and definitely hold her own wine glass adeptly :) Nix is now 36.
We met only after her accident and have stuck together through think and thin, married for 8 and a half years now.
Nix has undergone so many operations that I've lost count, had a gazillion physiotherapy sessions but the reason why I am writing to you, is not to tell you how dreadful things have been for her but rather to share how she has championed her way back to being one of the most able and well-adapted, beautiful human beings I and many, many others have ever met and been deeply inspired by.
Nix and I live on a farm in Vryheid, where we are trying to make ends meet but her monthly costs are high and now she really bneeds a new wheelchair.
During a visit to town on the 9th of June 2017, Nix was on her own, leaving physio and going to a shop when her wheel broke off her wheelchair and she quite literally, hit the road hard! Without exaggeration, she was lucky not to be run over - Nix ended up lying half on the road and half on the pavement. Two good samaritan drivers stopped their vehicles to help her. Nix was lucky to get away with the scrapes and bruises because she has had serious, ongoing problems with her hips for which, she has had many ops in the past. That fall could have seen her back in hospital for another 6 months or longer.
I would loathe to see Nix hurt, stuck inside and not being able to enjoy the life she has built or having her spirit restricted because she can't move around independently. So I am asking for your help please!! She's worked too hard and achieved so much to risk going backwards on any level. Please, please help Nicole get a new set of wheels!
She has to get something that is tough enough for the farm and for her to be outdoors with her "babies" her sheep.
Any donation would be truely welcomed and appriciated.
- Daniel Carlson
- Leisa Gillham
- Sarah Perry
- Randal Foster
- Sara Manners
Organizer and beneficiary
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