By Renee Bogatko, Image Credits – supplied
Locals are rallying behind a 12-year-old Cooma boy after a freak accident last year left him a quadriplegic.
Louie Mould suffered a severe spinal injury playing on his trampoline in November, and he’s been laid up at Sydney’s Children’s Hospital at Westmead since.
His injuries are life changing and will require him to undergo rehab and other ongoing medical treatment.
“He’s still what you would say a quadriplegic. He hasn’t been able to breathe by himself, but he has improved on that. The tracheotomy has come out and they have some other breathing apparatus now. The rehab becomes more intensive now,” Louie’s uncle Harry said.
The freak accident has devastated his parents Pete and Donna and sister Ruby.
While Louie’s long term prognosis is yet to be determined, they’re hopeful with the right treatment, he will be able to walk again.
Louie, who’s just finished Year 6 at Cooma North Primary School, is a well-known and respected student and athlete in the Cooma community.
A GoFundMe account set up to help raise money for Louie and his family has already raised over $54,000, with a $200,000 target.
Harry said while the money will go a long way, the family still needs more help.
“These guys are gonna need all the financial help they can get. They’re going to have plenty of costs down the track, they’ve got to ready a house for his return, they’ve got to get a vehicle suitable, wheelchairs, all that sort of stuff.”
Locals have come together to organise a number of fundraisers, including a big one coming up on March 3.
Organisers are meeting tonight to discuss the details, with hopes of selling 500-600 tickets.
“People are donating goods and services and all that sort of stuff to auction on the night. We hope to make a good quid from there too,” Harry said.
“The support’s been unbelievable. Small community, that’s how they operate. You know, everybody gets behind that sort of stuff, particularly with a kids injury.”
The Cooma Colts Junior Rugby League Football Club are also doing their bit to help..
The Cronulla Sharks paid Louie a surprise visit in December, which he was super stoked about!
Mick Ennis, Jack Williams (who’s an old Cooma junior) and coach Shane Flanagan heard of what happened, then showed up with a bunch of Cronulla gear!
It’s understood, Flanagan even offered the family the keys to his house in the Shire for them to use while he was interstate.
You can also help Louie and his family, by donating at the GoFundMe page.
Let’s help the Mould family reach their target Canberra!