Hero Dad Hurt Saving Son

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Father of two, Brad Lewis, 42, was critically injured and remains in ICU following an incident where he and his son plunged 4m from a balcony onto a cement driveway while playing at a friend's home in Sydney last Saturday, 4th August 2018.

Brad and his son were happily playing at the time of the incident--his son shot a few Nerf gun bullets at him, they missed and went over the first floor balcony.

Brad's son, Oscar,  ran out to the balcony to check where the bullets had gone, lost his balance and began to tumble over the railing. 

Brad was close enough to see what was happening, lunged at Oscar and managed to grab him, but with Brad's speed and weight headed in Oscar's direction in the hope of saving him, they both ended up going over the balcony.

During the fall, Brad recalls that he made sure he pinned Oscar to his chest and curled around him so that he could take the brunt of the impact - not Oscar. 

Oscar was concussed in the fall, fractured his skull, had bruising on the brain and a few other minor injuries. He's been released from hospital but continues to suffer from shock.
  
Brad, however, took the full impact of the fall on his head. He sustained major head and neck injuries, cracking open his skull, bruising the brain, fracturing the C6 vertebra, among a number of other head and body injuries.

Doctors have expressed their astonishment that Brad is in fact still alive having sustained the injuries that he did. 

If not for Brad's heroic actions it is unlikely that his son, Oscar, would have been so lucky.

At the time of the incident, Brad's friend, Beau, was first to respond. He recalls that all Brad could say was, "Are the kids OK?", "Don't let them see me like this", and, "Don't let me die, mate", as he drifted in and out of consciousness. 

Brad, husband to Suz, father of two boys, friend to many, a former army officer and deep-sea diver, has always spent his days supporting others, giving more than he gets, putting smiles on faces, and being a loving family man. 

Brad is now facing the reality of a long and painful recovery. 

The time has come for us to rally behind Brad and his family, and give back just a taste of the goodness that he generously gives so many of us each and every day.

Brad's recovery will likely take 6-12 months or more.

As the days go by, the realisation of this new reality and the financial implications it will have on the family are just beginning to set in. 

Brad's wife, Suz, has taken leave from her new job to care for the family--but the household bills and mortgage repayments keep rolling in. 

There are mounting costs for travel to and from the hospital for Suz and the boys to visit their husband/dad, parking costs and food bills while they are on the go. 

When Suz returns to work, there will be additional childcare, baby-sitting and transportation costs to get the two boys to and from school. 

And, when Brad does return home, there will be the requirement for in-house care solutions, housework assistance, childcare etc. And, as Brad will be unable to drive for a long period of time, there will still be ongoing travel costs to ferry him to medical appointments and the boys to school and their activities.

The last thing the Lewis family needs right now is financial stress.  We are looking to raise $150,000 to cover as many of these costs as possible for a period of 12 months. 

Let's all dig deep and support Suz, the boys, and their heroic dad in their time of need. The sooner the better.   
Thank you so much for your kindness in advance!

Brad-- we're all wishing you a healthy, speedy and full recovery as soon as possible.  x

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On behalf of Brad, Suz and their family, we would like to extend a message of sincere thanks to everyone around the world who has extended their love and best wishes, and especially, financial support over the past 2 weeks. Thank you so much! 

By way of an update:

Brad has left the Head Trauma unit of North Shore and has returned home to his beautiful family for what will be a long road to recovery. It really is quite a miracle that he can walk and talk. He is in good spirits but still has many debilitating injuries including his C6 vertebra, neck, ribs, back, achilles and of course his head injuries. The impact to his brain is still a bit of an unknown but we are praying that with good rest and recovery he will be the Brad we all know and love again very soon.

The boys were so excited to have Daddy home. The one thing Oscar said he missed while Brad was in hospital was “his hugs.”

Oscar is doing really well now the family is all back together again. He’s back at school 3 hours a day but with a fracture to his skull and bruising on the brain he’s limited to do quiet activities which is hard for an active 8yr old Aussie boy.

Although Brad is the real hero here, it’s important to note what a heroine Suz has been throughout the past 2 weeks holding it together for her family. Having her boys in three different locations was tough with even Connor saying “don’t leave me at Gran’s, she snores.” We are forever grateful for the little things that have kept her going like a massage last week from Aroma Ki Day Spa in Collaroy and a free coffee from her local Café 11, meals being dropped off by school mums and the house cleaned by neighbours.

These little acts of kindness have meant the world to the family so thank you so much.

There are a few people that the Brad and Suz would like to thank:
To our good friends Beau Worthington who was first on the scene and kept Brad conscious, his neck and body straight and kept the large laceration to Brads scalp closed up best he could to slow the bleeding till the Paramedics arrived on scene. To Beau’s partner Tara, who picked Oscars limp body up off the ground and carried him to a safer location and administered first aid. Thank you. Tara also helped get the other siblings away from the situation as they were extremely upset and shaken by what they witnessed. This has been a traumatic time for Beau and Tara and we want to make sure the community wraps them up in love and support as well. They too are heroes here. “Beau pretty much single handedly saved my life. If he didn’t slow the bleeding I would have bled out. I didn’t want the kids to see me in that state and he did everything he could to protect them” said Brad.
 
We would like to thank the Careflight team Dr E Gibson & Paramedic G.Holden who utilized some new life saving technology that kept Brad alive. Thank you to the local Fireman that happened to be walking by who stepped in and helped until the paramedics arrived. Thank you to the Ambulance team #660 from Mona Vale Fleet unit 1580, Police and highway patrol from the northern beaches command who secured the area and escorted Oscar to the hospital and RNSH emergency staff who looked after Brad and Oscar. They were very professional, caring and empathetic in their treatment. 

Also we’d like to thank our family, friends and the community for getting behind our family. The human spirit and support in situations like this is absolutely amazing and humbling at the same time. 

With our warmest thanks!

Brad Suz Oscar & Connor
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On behalf of Brad, Suz and their family, I would like to extend a message of sincere thanks to everyone who has extended their love and best wishes, and especially, financial support over the past 5 days. Thank you so much!

By way of an update:

Brad has been moved from ICU to Head Trauma; however, continues to undergo numerous medical treatments and checks every day. 45 staples will be removed from his head next week if all goes to plan. He has been informed by doctors of an extended hospital stay and long recovery ahead, particular as a result of the fractured C6 vertebra in his neck, broken ribs and most of all the head trauma.

Oscar is recovering slowly with a fractured skull. He will not leave his mother's side and now sleeps with 6 pillows around him from fear of falling out of bed.

While the family are still trying to come to terms with what happened, they are so incredibly grateful for the out pouring of support from their family, friends and the wider community -- many of you they don't even know.

Please keep sending Brad and Oscar your thoughts and well wishes, and where possible, share this Go Fund Me page so we can continue supporting their family at this difficult time.

With my warmest thanks!

Annie x
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