Right attitude conquers barriers
The tractor accident that left Jordan Hicks in intensive care at the tender age of three should have marked the end for him.
Doctors said that if he made it through the night he would likely be brain damaged and in a vegetative state, perhaps, for the rest of his life.
Remarkably, Jordan made a full recovery and at 25 years old, the Wintec student lives a relatively normal life.
He is blind in one eye because of the accident, but what astonished doctors most is that part of his brain remains clinically dead.
‘‘Apparently I can do things that I technically shouldn’t be able to,’’ he says.
Not to mention that he has a history of academic accomplishments that anyone would be proud of.
With a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Exercise Science now under his belt, he’s on the way to completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science and working towards his Masters, with plans to later attain a PHD.
A passion for sports fuelled Jordan’s desire to study and he credits the support he’s received at Wintec for getting him through.
‘‘The lecturers are outgoing and are willing to help you figure things out if you need help or just have a good yarn with you.’’
The former Matamata College student has gone against every- thing that medical experts previously understood about his condition.
And while he does face his share of daily challenges, he’s a firm believer that much of what you can accomplish in life comes down to attitude.
‘‘It’s about proving wrong in a good way.’’
Despite his doctor’s prognosis, his parents raised him to believe in himself and his abilities - and not his limitations.
‘‘Mum and dad would say, ‘get back on the horse, this is not going to define you. You’re better than that’.
‘‘So that has always been my attitude towards life.
‘‘My favourite words as a kid were, ‘I can do it!’’’ people
Jordan Hicks has beaten the odds and is now a graduate of Wintec.