On the evening of Monday the 20th of August 2018, he was involved in a near Fatal Motorbike accident in his own street.
Kristian had purchased a Motor bike 3 years ago to travel to uni. He found it was easier to park the bike than his car at Griffith University. He had enrolled as a “Mature Age student” to pursue a career in Psychology. Such a perfect career path for him – he has a Beautiful mind. Kristian being very “Handy” with fixing things, had purchased some parts for his motor-bike and had fitted them that evening – when he took his bike for “a test ride”. What happened between his house and the end of his street – a mere 100 meters away is still a mystery. But we believe he swerved to avoid hitting a Wallaby – skidded, and his bike hit a tree. He was not speeding according to the police, but when his bike hit the tree – he was thrown over the top of the bike hitting his head on a pole several meters away.
Kristian was rushed by Ambulance -unconscious, to the Gold Coast University hospital - where he still remains. The Dr’s informed us on day One, that it was unlikely he would survive – we were told that he had Catastrophic Brain injuries of the worst kind. As his sister, I cannot begin to tell you the pain and fear I felt hearing these words. My world just crumbled right there. Kris and I are from a large family of eight children. Our parents, siblings, Kris’s three children (twelve-year-old twins -and a 16-year-old daughter) and those closest to him– were completely devastated.
We took turns (in pairs – as you can only visit two at a time in ICU) – holding his hand and pleading with him to come back to us. He was Unconscious for days – and we kept vigil around the clock. Although we were told he was unlikely to survive…. we never gave up hope. We prayed he would survive, and with Love we urged him to come back to us… And he did! One night I sang to him, and he gently cried! Over the next few days - he squeezed our hands, and in very small ways – slowly showed us that he was “in there”. He was Fighting…. like a REID. These little “moments” of a tear from his eye – or a tiny squeeze of our hands became our “Gifts of Hope”. The ICU Dr’s used words like “Very Surprising…and a Miracle” to describe these Gifts…and his Unexpected progress. The next week or two took some cruel turns with blood clots and a very serious infection. Yet despite these further life-threatening complications – he continued to fight.
The Intensive Care environment was overwhelming for some of the family. From the sterile smell of chlorhexidine to the sounds of the medical equipment. Seeing someone you love – so vulnerable and on the brink of death is Life-Changing. Seeing them survive….is an Indescribable and overwhelming feeling of Jubilation.
Kristian as a person would best be described as a true “Gentleman”! He is a very decent and Humble person, and extremely hard working. He always puts other people first. He is a wonderful brother -never missing an opportunity to make you feel special, and he would always “notice things”. Things that matter!
Kristian is a Wonderful father to his three children – who lost their mother to Leukemia just five years ago. Seeing the children visit their dad each day is absolutely Heart-Wrenching – as he really is their World. Not only because they lost their mother, but because he is such a Wonderful “Hands on Dad” – They miss him and want him back.
As Kristian is obviously not working and his Bills have been rolling in, we have decided to set up this Go Fund Me - Any money raised will to go towards assisting our family to support him and his children, and cover the ongoing costs associated with his accident and the supports he needs during what is likely to be a very long road to recovery.
The Doctors have told us that he has already “surprised” them by surviving…. But they have also said that his Biggest battle is yet to come. That is …. His “Road to Recovery”. We know it won’t be easy. We do not yet know, the extent or the actual damage to his brain this accident has caused, as he is still mostly unconscious. But what we do know, is that he is a Fighter. And he has shown us in his own little ways – that he is “in there”. With the Love and Support of his devoted Partner Tayna, his Children, our Parents, his Siblings, his extended Family and those close to him – We believe he will continue to “Surprise” everyone. ❤
Thank you in advance, for reading “Kris’s story” – and for your Generosity in supporting us during this time of need. It is so greatly appreciated
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