Shaun Whitbread sustained spinal cord injuries, an above-knee amputation of his left leg and a mild brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident in October 2015.
Through the Lifetime Support Scheme, Shaun has been provided with service planning to maximise his recovery, and rehabilitation including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical treatment.
Although Shaun requires a wheelchair, he has recently been able to stand and take a few steps with the assistance of a walking frame, prosthesis and right knee and ankle brace.
Hand control modifications were made to Shaun’s car so that he was able to drive within a year of his accident – a goal that was extremely important to him.
Shaun, who lives in a wheelchair accessible house through Accessible Housing.
“I woke up after 10 days in an induced coma and realised I couldn’t move my legs, and I lost my left leg,” said Shaun.
“I have a 4 year old daughter and 6 year old son – this accident was bad, but I always thought of them. I wanted to give my all for my kids. I’d much rather be here and watch them grow up.”
“LSA have supported me through everything. Sometimes you get down and without the support of LSA, I don’t know where I’d be, to be honest.”
Shaun’s goals include maintaining his upper body strength, returning to paid employment and increasing his caring role and interactions with his children.