A father of 5 has been left a paraplegic after fracturing his spine in a freak accident whereas kite browsing.
Michael Roberts is “mourning half of his physique” after the horror ocean accident left him completely paralysed from the chest down.
The passionate kite surfer, often known as an “all-round ocean lover”, was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday and can want ongoing therapy.
His spouse Naomi has created a GoFundMe web page to assist elevate cash for her husband’s medical therapy because the devastated household involves phrases with their new actuality.
In simply two days, greater than $22,500 has already been donated.
“In a single day our complete lives and the lives of our kids had been turned the other way up,” Mrs Roberts wrote on the web page.
“From being the happiest we’ve ever been as newlyweds three months earlier to the unsure actuality we now face.
“Sadly, Michael suffered a spinal injury fracturing his spine and damaging his spinal cord leaving him completely paralysed from under the chest, together with a big a part of his spine being fused.”
Mrs Roberts stated she took solace from nonetheless having her husband by her facet.
“I’m grateful each day that my husband continues to be with us and our 5 youngsters nonetheless have their father to like and information them by way of life,” she wrote.
“As we embark on this new journey we all know will probably be a protracted, robust highway however I do know that collectively we will get by way of something and Michael will take advantage of out of the playing cards he has been dealt.
“He’s so courageous and powerful and I couldn’t be prouder to be his spouse.”
Mrs Roberts stated the neighborhood’s help meant the world to the heartbroken household.
“It can assist us maintain our household residence and assist us make it accessible for Michael to be as impartial as potential, it can assist us financially whereas Michael is unable to work because of his rehab and new incapacity necessities, it can additionally assist us discover any future know-how that could be developed to hopefully, someday, assist him stroll once more,” she wrote.
Mr Roberts is now “one step to nearer” as he begins his rehabilitation journey.
“Michael transferred to Fiona Stanley hospital at this time and we couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about it,” Mrs Roberts wrote.
“Being right here means Michael will start rehab tailor-made to his particular person wants and is one step nearer to coming residence.
“We’re so grateful and overwhelmed by all the help we’ve acquired from so many individuals.
“It brings tears to our eyes to know there are such a lot of wonderful folks in our lives and we will’t wait to have the ability to say ‘thanks’ to everybody in particular person someday.”
To make a donation, click on on this hyperlink https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-michael-on-his-new-journey-as-a-paraplegic