In 2005 my husband was knocked down on the highway, driven over multiple times and dragged about 900 metres from his vehicle. Someone eventually stopped for him and Shaun was airlifted to hospital with the following injuries:
- Extensive degloving injury to the lumbar area extending through the rectum left a hole in his back ( +- 23 x 30cm)
- Fractured pelvis
- Fractured right DI joint
- Fractured right fibula
- Multiple lacerations
- Septic shock
- Bacterial “MRSA” infection
- Fracture to both hips
- Fractured sacro-iliac joints and sacrum
- Cerebral contusion
- Fractured right ankle
- Badly lacerated left ankle
- Nerves which emerge from the sacrum were irreparably damaged
- Traction on right femur
- Ruptured spleen
- Torn intestines
After surviving 35 operations and Multi-resistant infections, it was thought that Shaun would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He proved us wrong and after 5 months of physiotherapy he took his first unaided steps.
Unfortunately, after 14 years of a relatively normal life, Shaun begun experiencing more intense pain than usual and lost feeling in legs. The government run medical facilities in South Africa can only see Shaun in January 2020, and if he is left untreated for that long, Shaun may be left permanently paralysed. Shaun is also unable to work at the moment and the family is struggling.
We require around R20 000.00 in order to cover the initial X-Rays and MRI Scans required from private medical care to decide on the treatment path, but will probably need around R300 000.00 to cover possible hip replacement spinal cord surgeries.
Regardless of his struggles, Shaun has remained to be a dedicated husband and father. He still insists on participating whole-heartedly in our family life no matter the internal pain he feels each and every second of the day. He remains optimistic about what his future holds and we just want to ensure that he receives medical treatment as soon as possible.
Any donations will help us and our family cope during this difficult time.