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Help Gareth come home

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On the 25th of April this year, while most people were celebrating Anzac Day & watching the footy, Leisha and Gareth were on a holiday in South Africa with family. 

They were swimming in a river in  Kleinmond, South Africa when Gareth dived into the water which unbeknownst to him, was extremely shallow. Within minutes he had hit his head and swam to the surface screaming for help.

Bystanders including his family, and fiancé Leisha expected his injuries to be minimal as all that was visible was a head laceration. After being dragged from the water, Gareth told his dad he was unable to feel his legs. Which is when panic mode kicked in. It took over an hour for emergency services to arrive, and in that time Gareth started going into shock. His family, and a nearby neighbour did everything they could to keep him comfortable. 

Fast forward a few weeks, and Gareth is currently suffering paralysis from the waist down. He has broken his neck, and has blood bruising and swelling on his spine. Doctors say that the chances of him walking again, are slim. He is on a ventilator due to a newly found lung infection and will require some rehab before even considering the trip back to Australia. 

When coming home, Gareth will require extensive rehabilitation. Both him and Leisha are currently unable to work, and their house will require a lot of  modifications so that Leisha and Gareth can live comfortably in their own home. 

Leisha, Gareth & families appreciate any donations; big or small. If you are unable to donate, please share this page ❤️
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UPDATE 13/5

It has been 20 days since Gareth’s injury today!

Gareth has been transferred from Vergelegen Mediclinic to Vincent Pallotti Spinal unit as he was stable enough to move! The transfer comes with happy news!

The previous hospital didn’t specialise in spinal injuries - and gave Gareth no hope and said he’d never walk again! Since being transferred, he is surrounded by doctors who specialise in spinal injuries.

Gareth was assessed by the doctor, and was able to feel his touch THE ENTIRE WAY DOWN BOTH LEGS!!! Whilst Gareth still has a very long way to go before being able to walk again; the new specialists have given him some hope!

Rehab is starting today!

Gareth is filled with hope, positivity and is extremely motivated to be able to move again!

Estimated return to Australia - 4 WEEKS.
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For those who don’t know me, I am friends with Leisha & Gareth, having went to school with both of them.

Daily withdrawals have been set up, and once the account has been approved, funds will be deposited into my name and transferred directly to Leisha, Gareth’s fiancé once received. The process can take up to 2-7 days. As Leisha and I both bank with peoples choice, fund transfer will be almost instant.
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UPDATE FROM LEISHA -

"this was from a few days ago! they moved rooms now to a room with a window because he wanted that haha and they were going to try the wheelchair tomorrow but he said why not now so they tried it just to get him to the other room and he done so well holding himself up in it! his physio took a photo because he wanted one but I'll send it when I get hold of it and also yesterday they have been letting him breathe on his own for an hour each time and then an hour back on the ventilator all day and he is doing very well! they are hoping to take the tracky out in a few days and then we will be moving hospitals closer to family for us and start a bit of rehab just so his wheelchair ready for the plane and then finish his rehab in Australia"
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