Investigators have learned of a man who dived under a wave while bodysurfing at Mooloolaba Beach in 2005, with full control of his limbs. When he came up again, he was a quadriplegic.
The victim had a weakened neck from years of playing rugby union. In fact, his doctors had already given him warnings only weeks before his accident that he had to stop playing rugby or risk permanent spinal injury. His accidental head-first collision with a sandbar hidden under the waves was the final blow that injured his spinal cord.
The 35-year-old can now only move his face and shoulders. To get around, he has a wheelchair he can control with his chin. Firms have discovered that even now, he is doing something important with the injuries he has suffered. Now, he is a member of the Spinal Education Awareness Team, or SEAT, speaking for the Spinal Injuries Association with offices in Manhattan as well as Long Island.
SEAT is composed of 14 men and women from all over the state of Queensland, Australia, where the victim resides, all of them with paraplegia or quadriplegia. They travel to different schools, telling the students about spinal injuries, their own lives, and most importantly, how children can avoid the risks that lead to spinal injuries that could affect them for the rest of their lives.
“The last thing I want to see a young person have a spinal injury,” the former rugby player said. “It not only affects you, it affects your whole family and everyone around you.”
He continued to say that it was the love and support of his wife, his 11-year-old son, and his 1-year-old daughter that helped see him through the tough times after his accident. He and other members of SEAT are very involved in fundraising through the Spinal Injuries Association to spread the word on how to avoid such catastrophic injuries, and support those who have already suffered them. Their efforts have already brought a great deal of hope to the injured and may well have given young people who may have been in dangerous situations a reason to think twice.
Manhattan Spinal Injury Lawyers work hard to make sure victims of spinal injury receive justice for the trauma they’ve suffered. Don’t let yourself or a loved one struggle with the financial costs along with the physical. Make sure you have the help of a Manhattan Spinal Injury Lawyer today.