Generous donation to Burwood Hospital

Thursday August 11, 2011

​Dunedin teenager Austin Haig was told the chances of him ever being able to walk again were slim to none.

It’s been nearly four months since that day on April 16 when Austin was injured in a rugby tackle, dislocating his C5 in his neck and paralysing him below the waist.

Most of those first few weeks were spent in bed, which is not something the active 19- year-old enjoyed and why it’s understandable he had an unstoppable drive to get moving again.

The John McGlashan College student says he always believed he would walk again.

“I knew I could do it, it was always just going to be a matter of time,” Austin says.

In everyone’s eyes, Austin’s recovery has been at a rapid pace, with him being able to take his first steps just eight weeks after the accident.

His school was so impressed with the care he received from the team at Burwood Hospital’s Spinal Unit, they decided to fundraise on behalf of Austin who has since donated $2500 towards the cost of refurbishments for the Milner-Tapper Self Care Units.

Burwood Hospital Accommodation coordinator Wayne Ramsay says it is a generous donation and a tribute to Austin and his determination.

“Austin’s done amazingly well with his recovery and we are very grateful to receive such a kind offer on his behalf from John McGlashan College.”

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