Nor­mal life a bless­ing for Corey

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ti­ta­nium, he is able to do vir­tu­ally any­thing with few lim­i­ta­tions.

He gets frus­trated with some things, such as open­ing jars, but is happy with the progress he has made so far.

One of the best parts is be­ing able to play fight with his son, he said.

Mid­way through this year, he re-sat his driver’s li­cense.

En­able NZ granted Corey Swens­son $12,000 to get a ve­hi­cle to help him get to work on his own.

Wife Rochelle Swens­son ad­mits she was a bit scared to sit in the pas­sen­ger’s seat.

But he’s OK now and has his in­de­pen­dence back, his wife said.

‘‘It’s hard work and pos­i­tive think­ing that’s got him here.’’

But now there are plenty of signs that Swens­son is get­ting bet­ter, she said.

‘‘He still drive me men­tal, drives me nuts. ‘‘Typ­i­cal hus­band. ‘‘His hand doesn’t work, but that’s noth­ing,’’ she said.

Swens­son is still lim­ited slightly on the left side of his body, walks with a limp and can grip slightly with his left hand.

It has been a tur­bu­lent ex­pe­ri­ence for the fam­ily, who have a daugh­ter and young son.

Rochelle Swens­son said: ‘‘The lit­tle fella is the lit­tle fella, sucked it all up. He said ‘that’s dad, his arm doesn’t work any­more’.

‘‘If I look back ... the doc­tors said he [was] go­ing to be a com­plete veg­etable.’’

But now, their plans for the fu­ture are sim­ple: ‘‘We’ll get old,’’ she said. Rather than toss­ing money into a bucket to help Syr­ian refugees, a Palmer­ston North cou­ple are trav­el­ling to Greece to help at the coal­face.

Steve and Lynn Gill have had enough of see­ing refugees in the news, so have de­cided to spend a month on the is­land of Lesvos.

The cou­ple have had con­cerns over the refugee cri­sis for a long time, but like many, the pic­ture of 3-year-old Syr­ian boy Aylan Kurdi, ly­ing dead on a Turk­ish beach, hit home.

‘‘I wept over that pic­ture,’’ Steve Gill said.

‘‘It’s easy for us to sit here in

Photo: Faith Suther­land/ Fair­fax NZ

Corey Swens­son’s de­ter­mi­na­tion has seen him live long enough to see the birth of his first grand­child.

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