Being flown in a helicopter to Middlemore Hospital with a broken neck was not how I anticipated celebrating New Year’s Eve 2016. Successful spinal surgery followed on New Year’s Day thanks to the phenomenal skill of my amazing surgeon.
To say ‘I got lucky’ is an understatement; millimetres were the difference that day, along with great caution shown by two calm St John paramedics.
I was diagnosed with an unstable C4 fracture along with a stable fracture of C7. By some miracle my spinal cord remained intact with just a small bruise showing on the MRI scan.
Other than lacking full rotation at end range (and a couple of scars) people would be none the wiser.
I am conscious that many others have not been as fortunate as I. Fundraising for the CatWalk Trust, who fund research that aims to fix paralysis following spinal cord injury, therefore was a no brainer.
I am proud to be a part of Team CatWalk – “Running so others can walk”; having entered the ASB Auckland Marathon 11km Traverse.
I would be very grateful if you were able to support Team Catwalk and help me raise funds for this amazing cause.
The more people that know about The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity.