Oliver’s story

Two days after his eight birthday Oliver had a motorbike accident on his family’s farm in northern NSW. He was knocked unconscious and had to be airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

“When Oliver was lifted in the helicopter I was in such shock, I remember just starring at him thinking ‘how on earth is this happening, take a breath take a breath’.  When we arrived, there was an assessment room with about 40 people in, and a social worker came to explain everything they were saying and that he had to go off for tests, I pretty much walked with him the entire time.” said Kristy, Oliver’s mum.

A brain scan showed a bleed on Oliver’s brain, he was taken straight to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit where he was incubated, had a pressure monitor inserted, and remained in a coma for four days.

“Being in PICU was the scariest time we have ever had, and it felt like everything moved very fast. We felt like we were moving very slow but everything around us was sped up,” added Kristy.

When Oliver woke up his whole right side was paralysed, and it was unknown if he would be able to walk, talk or ever be the Oliver the family knew and loved again.

“It was so stressful; everything was living moment by moment waiting to see what the next answer was.  Every little thing he did was amazing, from the smallest of things like opening his eyes to a big moment when he recognised us.  His whole right side was paralysed, he had no movement at all, and we weren’t even sure if he was going to walk or talk, it was terrifying.” said Kristy.

Oliver and his family spent over eight weeks in hospital away from all their family and friends.

“The Kidzone has helped occupy Charlotte, Oliver’s little sister, and the new toy loans trolley has been amazing.  We have borrowed from that so often, as Oliver is constantly wanting to play games.  It has been great to visit Kidzone, somewhere that has other children to play with. And because they are all hospital kids all the families and the staff are careful. We have been doing a lot of the craft that is supplied by the Foundation, which has been great to occupy the kids, and it’s not just us, it’s been great for the other kids as well.  We are so grateful for all of this help.”

Oliver responded well to treatment and made a surprising recovery, but life will be a little different for him and his family now.  Due to the brain injury, Oliver’s impulse control had been affected and he will now require 24/7 supervision.  The family will have to make several lifestyle changes and unfortunately, Oliver’s beloved bike will have to be parked for the foreseeable future.

“We have had to eliminate lots of things from our “normal life”, no bikes, scooters, or anything like that, which will change our lifestyle a lot.  Oliver gets it though, there is a lot of difference in him now, but we are just so happy to have him here with us in any capacity.  We didn’t care what we got back we just wanted Ollie.” Kristy said.

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