On Sunday December 27, Perry was involved in a tragic swimming accident whilst at a family riverside picnic at Wagga beach. Bystanders pulled Perry from the water in an unresponsive state and he was miraculously resuscitated on site. The quick actions of those civilians on the beach that day were entirely instrumental in keeping Perry alive as they offered their medical expertise. Incredibly, Perry survived with no brain damage, because of the effective CPR performed on the spot.
It was discovered Perry had sustained fractures to the C6 vertebrae in his neck and that evening he was airlifted to Prince of Wales hospital in Sydney to undergo emergency surgery to stabilise the fractures the following morning. Due to the serious nature of his spinal injury it is not yet clear the level to which Perry will regain movement and sensation in his body. Perry will remain in Sydney for the next 6 months undergoing an intensive rehab and therapy program at the POW Spinal Unit. The goal is for Perry to gain back as much movement possible during this very crucial period after a spinal injury, with Phillipa to stay by his side throughout this journey.
Your donation will support Perry, Phillipa and their beautiful family today, and into the future. Phillipa is expecting to give birth to their third child during this time of displacement while their eldest daughter is due to start kindergarten this year.
Their needs will have long term and ongoing logistical and financial implications, currently the family faces accommodation costs in Sydney, travel and food expenses, pregnancy related care - all the while, maintaining bills and mortgage repayments in their home town of Wagga.
There will be extensive costs, many of these unknown at this point, which will be required to support Perry and his family adjusting to a new way of life. The level of home modifications that will need to occur has not been fully established, it is anticipated that Phillipa and Perry will need to undertake significant renovations to their family home and additionally purchase a car suitable to their needs. Our hopes and prayers are that Perry would be able to regain the independent lifestyle which he loves.
This 'GoFundMe page' has been set up to provide a practical way for friends, family, community and church family who wish to to care for Perry, Phillipa and their dear young family during this tumultuous time in their lives. Current COVID-19 restrictions have added further challenges and limitations for many wishing to help, many are feeling the effects of social distance barriers in helping Perry and Phillipa at this time.
Donating today is a fast and effective way that we can begin supporting this dear family right now. While there is no expectation from Perry and Phillipa to give, we know that the culmination of each offering, no matter how small, will be felt tangibly as a gesture of love. While we cannot change their circumstances, we can start to provide ease of mind and an element of practical support as they focus on the recovery and rehab process.
There is a long road ahead for this young family in the recovery process but we will continue to surround them with our loving support, prayers, and practical financial resources.
Please keep them in your thoughts and come back to visit their page, to read new updates and donate if you are able.
Thank you in advance for your kind support and well wishes.
* If you have trade skills/labouring time to offer/donate or if you/your business have items to donate for the potential renovations or perhaps items to be used for future fund-raising events please contact us to be added to our database of contacts.
- Greg Carosi
- Saltmarsh Families
- Andrew Kuchel
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