This is a message to anyone who works in the film industry, and anyone who loves movies and gets great pleasure in seeing the latest films in the cinema. As you may or may not know a fellow stunt performer and friend of mine, Joe Watts, recently suffered a life-altering injury while working on a blockbuster film franchise. Joe fell about 25ft performing a complex stunt that went horribly wrong. Joe suffered an open-wound head injury, fractured skull and multiple bleeds on the brain. He was put into an induced coma and airlifted to the Royal London Hospital by the Air Ambulance Service. We will forever be in their debt for the amazing work they did in keeping him alive.
After surviving the fall, Joe spent seven days in a coma until he woke up, with his fiancée, Tilly by his side. He spent six weeks trying to work out who he was and who the closest people around him were. He then went to a brain-trauma specialist centre where he had six weeks of intense rehab. He spent this time basically learning to do everyday things that we take for granted all over again. In that time he made so many improvements, including having surgery on his jaw to set it back in line, and resolving other complications and issues with his body. To say he is a walking miracle is an understatement! Joe has now been back at home with Tilly for the past seven weeks and is making progress with his recovery. He’s taking each day as it comes as he slowly gets back to being the Joe we knew.
So why am I writing this message? As a community of people who love movies and especially those of you who work in the industry, we are all brothers and sisters in this family we call film-making. So when one of us goes down, we all feel its effect. Joe potentially won’t be able to work in this industry ever again. His focus now is to just get to the point where he feels himself again. We can help facilitate this by providing funds that will alleviate unnecessary worries now that he isn’t able to earn a living. These include transportation to get around now that he’s not allowed to drive, getting exercise equipment and clothing to facilitate his sessions, sports massage and other treatments that won’t necessarily be included in his recovery package, and general day-to-day expenses, such as food and basic living. These are all things he shouldn’t have to worry about. The only thing he should focus on is recovering his health.
So I’ve started this GoFundMe page for people who want to help. As a community let’s all club together, look after our own and make this process as easy as possible for him and his loved ones. If you aren’t in a position to donate I completely understand, but if there is one thing you do as a result of reading this, I ask that you share this post so we can get as much traction, and spread Joe’s story around the world.
Please give as much or as little as you can afford. 100% of proceeds will go to Joe.
- Chloé Jean
- John Mortimore
- John Lancaster
- Dann Forrester
- Simon Fearon
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