It takes a community to save and raise a fine young man...
At 16 Enzo will live life as a tetraplegic. Alongside all the love he has and treatment, funds will be needed to achieve a life well-lived.Canterbury
On Friday 31 st January 2020, the Enzo and his mates went for a swim as they often did from the wharf in Moncks Bay Christchurch. Playing around on the sand island in the middle of the estuary, Enzo Halliburton dived into the water and did not resurface.
Unbeknown to his friends he had seriously injured his spine in that dive, and could not use his legs.
When his friends realized they pulled his now unconscious body from the water and began
mouth to mouth resuscitation. The boys called for help and were assisted by the St Johns
Ambulance, and also the Sumner Surf Life Saving.
Enzo is currently being treated in ICU at Christchurch Hospital and will be transferred to
Burwood Spinal Unit in due course.
Enzo has suffered a C5-C7 spinal injury that will result in life in a chair and many challenges, unknowns and complications to overcome.
One thing we know for sure is that Enzo has been growing into a fine young man with a generous heart and an adventurous spirit. He will repay your support by continuing to become a fine young man and to live life to the maximum.
We have set up a Give A Little page to support Enzo 'in life' - for education, life choices, equipment and personal supports.
If you are someone who wants to see a young 16 year old live the best life he can in such life-changing circumstances, then this is the page for you to support and we thank you from the very deepest part of our hearts.
christine waterman's involvement (page creator)
Hello, we are a family of 4. Myself, Guy, Madeleine and Enzo.
Use of funds
Future-proofing for Enzo- educational choice, equipment, new treatment technologies and life choices. Should we/ he find there to be greater funds than needed to meet these aims then monies would be donated to the Spinal Unit Christchurch New Zealand.
Well here we all are, looking to begin exit from level four. It won’t look much different for some including Enzo so stick to it and stay safe, this is one nasty virus...
Meantime in lockdown Enzo has been flat out at the gym and with the occupational therapist.
He did a mega day on Friday his 12 week anniversary, staying up in his motorised(not electric remember! ) for 91/2 hours, with first leg exercise experience. He reported with a laugh that that went like rocks when stimulating and flopped like released balloons when they stopped. So as you can see he is himself to a T seeing the funny side of life even now.
He is working on balance and strength and dexterity and is assisting with dressing as he can and feeding himself most things.
Back to being a hungry horse and I am tasked with whipping up various delights.
We have been exploring gadgets and have a few hopeful items for mtb and ski replacement.
His hair is like a Russian winter hat and I think a hair cut will be high on his agenda post lockdown. He is trying to hang in as the nurses only know a number 1 cut... aka the tennis ball look..
Well keep this moving if you can and many thanks for travelling with us.
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This page was created on 13 Feb 2020 and closes on 13 Feb 2021.