It’s a long road back for Gareth
AN asthma attack has left a young Gold Coast dad with a devastating brain injury and needing around-the-clock care as he learns to walk and talk again.
Gareth Aucock, 26, had just moved to Labrador with his girlfriend and two-year-old daughter Violet, when he had a nearfatal attack in August.
Family members are still at a loss to understand what set off the catastrophic attack, which happened in the middle of the night.
Gareth’s partner Juliet performed CPR for 20 agonising minutes before he was rushed to hospital and put in an induced coma.
His parents Glen and Sue, who spend each day by his side as he recovers in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Brisbane, said progress had been gradual.
The family says it celebrates each footstep, word and hand squeeze.
“It will be a long road ahead but we’ll walk that road together as a family,” Mrs Aucock said.
“I don’t think Gareth will be as he was before, but in what ways we’re not sure yet. It will be years of recovery.”
Some days are tougher than others, she said.
“He’s an old soul and he’s got a really good sense of humour. He has his moments when he sheds some tears and he can’t believe he’s like this, but he’s very determined and he’s always been a hard worker,” Mrs Aucock said.
The family has called for better access to medication for asthmatics to make the condition easier to treat.
“Most asthmatics rely on Ventolin, the blue inhaler, and fail to get a prescription for their preventer which is more expensive,’’ she said.
“We would like to see an asthma register set up so that they don’t have to book a doctor’s appointment to get it.
“We’d like people to take asthma more seriously. They don’t realise the implications of it. “We’d like people to recognise the importance of having a plan in place for their asthma.”
A Go Fund Me page launched by Gareth’s co-workers from Woolworths, where he worked for more than 10 years, has raised more than $8000 in a month to help with his rehabilitation. Go to gofundme.com/ fight-fund-for-gareth.
Gareth Aucock with girlfriend Juliet (above) and mum Sue (right).