A 20-year-old man is fighting for his life after falling from a third-floor balcony in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
He was found with serious head injuries outside a unit block on Cowper Street in Randwick on Sunday night.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and found the man unconscious just before 9pm
The 20-year-old was put on a stretcher before he was placed in an ambulance. He was taken to St Vincent's Hospital were he remains in a serious condition.
Head injuries: 2 brain bleeds and multiple fractures of his skull
Neck injuries: 4 discs in the neck were fractured
Chest injuries: both lungs collapsed
Other injuries: broken left wrist , both big toes broken
Rhys was with his friend at the time who's fast response saved his life. He called an ambulance & preformed CPR until the paramedics arrived within minutes, and he was taken to St Vincent's Hospital.
Here is where Rhys's Fight for his Life begun......
Drs had to get his blood pressure up as he was in a critical condition with life threatening injuries.
The first battle was to make threw the first 24 hrs, he was placed in an induced coma & a brain monitor was surgically placed in the top of his head.
Surgery was then done on his C6 & C7 discs in his neck where fused together as they were not stable which could result in Rhys being quadriplegic.
Week one we all watched him fight for his life, heavily sedated, and not knowing how or if Rhys will wake up. Day 5 Drs started slowly to wake Rhys up in order to assess the extent of injuries, he then was in and out of consionessand still fighting for life.
With collapsed lungs day 8 he run a high fever caused by a severe chest infection, day 10 he had a traciotame put in his neck to help clear his sections, this slowly relieved his lungs. Day 16 Rhys faced another major surgery to secured C1& C2 in his neck, this is a very high risk operation, needs mapping and the neurosurgeons at St Vincent's done a fantastic job with no complications. Rhys suffered intense & severe pain and was given alot of pain management medication which cause him to be very drowsy.
Week 4 plan Spinal Cord rehabilitation unit at Prince of Wales Randwick.
Rhys diagnosis was severe spinal cord bruising , and drs told the family on 2 occasions that they were confident he would not walk again, his family refused to take there diagnosis and refused to accept that Rhys will never walk again. Sight of slight movements from his legs and Ryhs was pointing to his legs like they were sore. after 2 days of the family telling the drs he has sore legs, they ran a serious of test , resulting in a miracle.
With the correct rehabilitation, hard work and the unconditional love and support from his family we are confident that Rhys WILL WALK AGAIN and at this stage his brain shows no long term damage from the fall. inspiring young man
Family, friends & members of the community are putting together a variety of fund raising events to assist with Rhys rehabilitation expenses.
All events, times, dates & locations will be posted on his facebook page [email redacted]
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