Ben faces a long road to re­cov­ery

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

WAIKIKI 16-year-old Ben Sains­bury faces a long road to re­cov­ery after a se­ri­ous mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent ear­lier this month.

Ben was train­ing for the fi­nal State mo­tor­cross round in Hen­der­son when he was sent over the han­dle­bars, land­ing head first, with his back tak­ing the im­pact of his mo­tor­bike.

De­spite wear­ing the best safety gear, Ben sus­tained bro­ken ribs, a torn spleen and se­ri­ous spinal cord dam­age.

The RAC he­li­copter was called and Ben was taken to Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal, where he un­der­went surgery to in­sert two rods to sta­bilise his ver­te­brae.

He spent five days in ICU in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, after which he was moved to the spinal ward. Ben is now re­cov­er­ing at Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal.

Due to Ben’s in­juries, he has no feel­ing from his chest down and re­quires in­ten­sive ther­apy.

A Boots out for Ben Face­beook page has been set up to keep fam­ily and friends up to date with his progress.

Ben’s sis­ter Cassie Strebel said an on­line auc­tion was be­ing set up so peo­ple could bid on items.

Funds raised would go to­wards the cost of Ben’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, a new ve­hi­cle and house mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

Any busi­nesses or in­di­vid­u­als with items to do­nate can get in touch through the Face­book page.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up, with more than $30,000 raised so far.

Visit www.gofundme.com/sup­port­ing-ben­sroad-to-re­cov­ery.

Ben Sains­bury is vis­ited in hos­pi­tal by Docker Hay­den Bal­lan­tyne.

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