Support James on his road to Recovery
19 December 2016 – An update from James McQuillan:
Firstly, a massive thank you to everybody that has in one way or another supported me since my accident. It’s been truly amazing to see the generosity of our local and broader communities. The effort many individuals put into assisting me through this chapter of my life has blown me away. So again thank you all.
Following on from my rehabilitation in Melbourne I returned back to Albury. I’m back living with my girlfriend Kathryn who hasn’t left my side and has been a tremendous support.
I’ve relearnt how to drive and am loving the freedom of being able to come and go as I please again. I’ve switched from Physiotherapy to Accounting at University and although Business Statistics had its moments I’m enjoying the learning process and being a student again. I’m also keeping out of trouble by working part time at Joss in the Injury Management Division.
However as a typical student I’m looking forward to a break, catching up with friends and family plus giving Netflix a flogging.
On behalf of everyone from the James McQuillan Future Fund I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Bring on 2017
On Saturday the 5th of April 2014, 7 minutes in to the second quarter during a clash between the Albury Tigers and Yarrawonga Pigeons, 20 year old James McQuillan sustained a serious spinal cord injury during a routine collision with an opponent. The collision occurred during a contest in which McQuillan placed his head over the ball and unfortunately collided with the leg of his opponent, there was no malice involved in the incident.
James, a young physiotherapy student, immediately recognised the seriousness of the situation and took all possible precautions to ensure his team mates and opponents did not move him.
Paramedics were called immediately and the game called off and declared a draw. James was transported by ambulance from the Albury Sports Ground to the Albury Base Hospital and later airlifted to the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Scans revealed that James had sustained an unstable fracture which caused severe spinal cord damage. James underwent surgery the following morning to decompress the spinal cord and stabilise his neck as to not cause further damage.
James has been diagnosed with quadrapegia and doctors have told him he will most likely not walk again. James has begun a long process of rehabilitation and is adjusting to life in a wheelchair.
Currently, James remains optimistic and in good spirits. His positive attitude and motivation do not come as a surprise to those who know James well, and these attributes will be of great benefit to him as he persists with rehabilitation.
James and his family are very thankful and overwhelmed with the support, prayers and love that have been extended their way from the community at large.