The following day, Sunday 4th Cain had surgery to stabilize his broken bones and prevent further damage to the spinal cord. The surgeons put in place an internal fixator from T2 to T12 and he returned to Intensive Care.
After 9 days in Intensive care, Cain was moved to the Neuro ward at Bristol to begin his long rehabilitation journey. It became apparent that the things you and I would not even think of were affected in a big way, not having any sensation below the mid-chest meant that Cain doesn’t feel things like hunger, fullness, sickness, cold, heat, bladder or bowel sensations. Unable to sit up or sit unaided. Horrible muscle spasms where his limbs move and contort on their own.
Unbelievably, Cain was transferred to The Duke Of Cornwall Spinal Unit in Salisbury on 19th April, much sooner than anyone had anticipated. Although there will be no recovery from his injuries, he is throwing himself into his rehabilitation. It is a long slow process. Having to build his time up by half an hour each day in his wheelchair to where he is now, Physio, Wheelchair skills, upper limb occupational therapy and gym sessions. Unfortunately, the NHS can only provide 3 hours of physiotherapy a week, and this just isn’t enough if Cain is to realise his one wish, to ride an MX bike again. The only way for Cain to have extra physio and hydrotherapy is for him to go private, which will, ofcourse, come at a cost.
In the meantime, while travelling to Bristol every day, and then Salisbury from their home in West Cornwall, Cain’s parents, Dave and Caroline have been dealing with having their home ripped apart and adapted to enable Cain to return home.
It is our hope that we can raise some funds for Cain’s physio so that he can continue his rehabilitation, and also to enable his family home to be adapted so that Cain can be as independent as possible once he returns home.
Every click of this page, every donation, every share will be a step closer to where Cain hopes to be, so please, share away, and thank you for taking the time to read Cain’s story.
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