Man who broke his back in triathlon fall is in Southport rehab and needs our help

22nd July 2015

Photo: Davy, Michelle and Theo

Some of you will remember incident 37 in Honister Ghyll from earlier this year. We have had some very touching messages from the family and this one with a request for help from his sister:

….he has been with his partner for a decade they have a son together and they were waiting for him at the finish line on the day of the accident. Originally from France but has lived in the uk for more than a decade, He is a very active man completing in many marathons and triathlons to raise money for various charities with his partner. They had just bought their first home together and were planning on moving in to it on the Monday after there short holiday in Cumbria.

He was competing in the triathlon, and was on the last leg of the race when the accident occurred. He fell 50ft down a ravine and broke his spine on impact he was rescued by your team and taken to Preston hospital were he spent 3 weeks recovering from a broken wrist, ribs and collarbone his 6th vertebra was shattered completely and he spent hours in surgery where a team of skilled surgeons inserted rods into his back to help him sit up straight. He also suffered a punctured lung which resulted in him battling pneumonia and a blood clot in his lung.

After finally being taken out of intensive care he was allowed to be moved to Southport spinal hospital he can now focus on adapting to life in wheel chair, his recovery is slowed down by the break in his wrist as this needs to heal fully before he can start using his upper body strength to support himself. The team at Southport are helping him learn to adjust to life again, they’re teaching him to do the simple things in life what we take for granted like lift ourselves out of bed, go the toilet and move around. Meanwhile he has kept up a positive attitude and is looking forward to the day when he can take his son swimming again.

If you would like to help the family a ‘go fund me page’ has been set up to help toward the cost of installed a chair lift in his home and a wet room.

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