Over­com­ing a life­time full of ad­ver­sity

Keep­ing her hus­band’s legacy alive

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50 LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

IT’S been a dif­fi­cult life for He­len Jenk­in­son who trag­i­cally lost her hus­band, Dar­ryl, as a re­sult of in­juries sus­tained in a work­place ac­ci­dent on Au­gust 25, 2010.

Her hus­band was heav­ily in­volved with ca­ter­ing, ge­neal­ogy and work­ing on the or­chards. He was de­scribed as a very hard worker who en­joyed help­ing peo­ple out.

Re­cently the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil an­nounced they would re-name the ge­neal­ogy room in the Mun­dub­bera li­brary af­ter Dar­ryl to hon­our his legacy and his achieve­ments in Mun­dub­bera.

Mrs Jenk­in­son said she was “lost for words” when she found out about the news.

“It was very hum­bling, very emo­tional,” Mrs Jenk­in­son said.

“I just thought it was some­thing very very beau­ti­ful when the deputy mayor (Faye Whe­lan) rang me up and told me the news, be­cause she knew the amount of work that Dar­ryl put in there.

“There’s not enough words to ex­press it.”

It’s been seven years since the pass­ing of Dar­ryl and to this day Mrs Jenk­in­son said it’s been a very long jour­ney filled with a lot of ups and downs.

“He was the love of my life,” Mrs Jenk­in­son said.

She re­called see­ing her hus­band in an in­duced coma fight­ing for his life.

“They chop­pered him to Bris­bane and placed him into an in­duced coma,” Mrs Jenk­in­son said.

“The sur­geon came to me with the scans and said there was a very bad break in the back, spine was bro­ken and the spinal cord was stretched so it took quite some hours to do, by this time he was in an in­duced coma for a week.”

“To see some­one in an in­duced coma is not good be­cause when they get out of it they don’t know where they are so ev­ery 10 sec­onds or so you have to keep telling them. They were tremen­dous at the Royal Bris­bane Hos­pi­tal.”

She re­mem­bers the ac­ci­dent tak­ing place.

“I went for a walk with our dog and Cory and would you be­lieve, that dog did not want to go, it was pulling us back,” Mrs Jenk­in­son said.

“When we saw the am­bu­lance go­ing out there I said ‘Cory, I am won­der­ing if it is go­ing to be to­day’, and by the time we did the block, our neigh­bours came over and told us there was an ac­ci­dent.

“All I wanted to do was be there with him.”

Nowa­days Mrs Jenk­in­son helps out at dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity events.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

LOST FOR WORDS: : He­len Jenk­in­son has come through ad­ver­sity with a bet­ter out­look on life and is giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

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