Fam­ily shares Ben hope

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

The fam­ily of a Safety Bay teenager who was in­jured in a mo­tocross ac­ci­dent ear­lier this month are pos­i­tive he will walk again.

Three weeks ago dur­ing a warm-up lap, 16-year-old Ben Sains­bury was flung over his han­dle­bars as he rode over a small jump.

He landed head-first and his mo­tor­bike slammed into his back, the im­pact shat­ter­ing two ver­te­brae and se­verely dam­ag­ing his spinal cord.

He also sus­tained bro­ken ribs and a torn spleen.

Ben un­der­went surgery to insert two rods from his T2 to T10 and screws to sta­bilise his ver­te­brae and has since been trans­ferred to Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal for in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

El­der sis­ter Cassie Strebel said Ben could use his arms but could not feel any­thing be­low his chest.

“He is in re­ally good spir­its and is ex­tremely pos­i­tive and strong-willed,” she said.

“All of us have no doubt that Ben will walk again.

“It might not be out of here and it might not be any­time soon, but we have faith that he will.”

Ben was train­ing for a State com­pe­ti­tion when he was in­jured at his lo­cal track.

“Ben did every­thing pos­si­ble to be safe and has al­ways been a care­ful rider,” Mrs Strebel said.

“He has rid­den that track thou­sands of times and was wear­ing $3000 worth of safety equip­ment.”

Mrs Strebel said Ben’s phys­io­ther­apy in­volved work­ing on his up­per strength so he could get into his chair with­out the use of a hoist.

A friend has started a fund for Ben’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the teenager’s un­cle Neil Dunne and fam­ily friend Jamie Brockman, a for­mer mo­tocross rider who was left a quad­ri­plegic af­ter a 2003 crash, are plan­ning a fundrais­ing auc­tion.

There is also a Facebook page called Boots out for Ben.

Speak­ing to the Tele­graph on Mon­day, Ben said he was thank­ful for the gen­eros­ity of his sup­port­ers.

“It’s made this jour­ney a lot eas­ier,” he said

The GoFundMe page has raised close to $29,000 and funds will go to­wards a chair, hoists and ramps for home.

Visit Boots out for Ben on Facebook or gofundme.com/sup­port­ing-bens-road-to-re­cov­ery.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Ben Sains­bury and fa­ther Grant are thank­ful for the sup­port of those who have do­nated al­most $29,000.

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