A little back story on the accident:
On the 8/3/17 Rob went to work at 6am to spread Sulfate Amonium at Darke Peak.
At approximately 5pm Rob seen smoke coming out from under the right wheel guard of the fast track JCB. With a few seconds there were flames.
He then headed for the farm yard as he didnt want to start a paddock fire, his focus was on the field bin that had a fire extinguisher on it. While he was going into the yard he hit a rut in the road propelling him off the seat, hitting his head on the roof of the tractor where he lost consciousness, the tractor now driving itself headed for a big dead tree. The collision bought Rob back to the here and now realizing the fasttrack is now fully ablaze he tries to get out. He is totally paralyzed so without the use of his hands this task is impossible, he tries to pick a hammer so he can smash the glass but again he can't use his hands, the door finally opens by now the cabin is fully alight.
He then drops himself out the door of the tractor, with the flames licking up his legs he knew if he didn't get out now he would be burnt alive.
As he started to fall he had a smile of his face as he new at that moment he was still alive, as he fell his left arm got wedged in the rail on the bottom of the door he was suspended hanging on just his left arm, then the smile turned to worry as he could see and feel the flames. They consumed the cabin and flames were coming out the door.... he knew once again that if he didn't get out of the door rail he was once again going to be burnt alive.
Although he was totally paralyzed. He somehow he hit his left arm with his right wrist and he fell the rest of the way to the ground,as he hit the ground the tractor exploded, rolling away from the fasttrack and the all comsuming fire he just watch and thanked God he was alive.
No one was there, his phone was burnt in the tractor, no way of contacting any one.
Peter ( the only person staying at the farm seen the smoke from afar and come to investigate, seeing the tractor fully alight he rang Mick. Mick told him to look for Rob but Peter couldn't find him, Peter drove past Rob who was laying in the dirt, Rob was yelling to him, Peter finally heard him then he rang 000 and the cfs. The ambulance arrived a little later on. Rob was laying in the dirt for about 45 minutes before Peter arrived.
Next came a long process of rehabilatation:
5 Months in Rehab, it was hard to come to terms with the fact he could not only not walk but also having personal challanges to work through as well.
Rob has a central cord Syndrome and needed a laminoplasty surgery putting 4 metal plates and screws from the c3 to c6 on his neck
Robs spinal injury caused him to have Proprioception
in his hands, torso, hips, knees and ancles making him unable to walk and will likely never be able to walk ever again.
When he fell out the tractor and his arm was caught he tore the bicep ligament and the muscle on the back of his shoulder and needed surgery. That surgery has happened a month ago and he is now recovering in the Wudinna Hospital. He cant weight bare for a minimum of 4 months, making it hard for someone who is in a wheel chair to move around.
He requires a carer before he can go home
There have been many more challanges in Rob and Celesces life this last 7 Months, it seems they cant catch a break.
Celese has torn the ligament in her elbow .. one of the bicep tendons. She reqires surgery to fix it, making it imposible for her to push the wheel chair and help with Rob.
There is added stress of a family illness as well that sees them needing to travel interstate to be by the side of those others that need them too.
It has been a hard 7 months .. physically, emotionally, mentaly, financially and we just would love to be able to take the load off so they can spend their time recovering and getting used to this new way of life.
Thank you everyone!
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