A father of five faces an uncertain future after a horrific kitesurfing accident left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down.
Surfer and all-round sea lover Michael Roberts is “mourning half his body” after breaking his spine in a life-changing accident in Perth two weeks ago.
The near tragedy has turned his life and that of his family upside down just three months after he married the love of his life.
Friends, colleagues and strangers have gathered around Mr Roberts and his new wife Naomi, who have spoken out about the harrowing toll the accident has taken on the couple and their five young children.
She paid tribute to her “brave and strong” husband as she gave a positive update on his progress while sharing a selfie from his hospital bed.
He was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday to begin his rehabilitation journey.
Michael Roberts (pictured with his wife Naomi and their children) is now paraplegic from the waist down following a recent freak accident
“We couldn’t be more excited about it. Being here means Michael will begin rehab tailored to his individual needs and one step closer to homecoming,” Ms Roberts wrote in an online fundraiser.
She also paid tribute to his employers, Newmount Australia, and their place of work, Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, for their continued support during this difficult time.
“We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from so many wonderful people and our employers who have allowed us to process this difficult time, to grieve and most importantly to be together,” she wrote.
Mr. Roberts currently works as a talent management consultant and has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.
Almost $30,000 has already been raised in two days.
Proceeds will be used to upgrade the family home so it will be accessible to Mr Roberts when he leaves hospital for good.
“Overnight our whole lives and the lives of our children were turned upside down,” his wife wrote.
Naomi Roberts (right) shared a hospital bed selfie with her husband of three months
“From three months ago when we were newly married we were happier than ever to the uncertain reality we are facing now.
“Unfortunately, Michael suffered a spinal injury that fractured his spine and damaged his spinal cord, leaving him permanently paralyzed from below his chest and a large portion of his spine fused.
“I am grateful every day that my husband is still with us and our five children still have their father who loves them and guides them through life.”
Mrs Roberts acknowledged the daunting road ahead and had a glimmer of hope that her husband could walk again.
“I know that together we can get through anything and Michael will make the best of the cards he’s been dealt,” added Ms. Roberts.
“He’s so brave and strong and I couldn’t be prouder to be his wife.”
“Your support would mean so much to our family. It will help us keep our family home and make it accessible to Michael so he can be as independent as possible.
“It will also help us research future technologies that may be developed to hopefully one day help him walk again.”
Friends and colleagues have gathered around Perth father Michael Roberts (pictured)
“We are so grateful and overwhelmed by all the support we have received from so many people.
“It brings tears to our eyes to know that there are so many amazing people in our lives and we can’t wait to one day say ‘thank you’ to all of them in person… thank you so much.
The family was inundated with messages of supportive well-wishers.
“He is a kind and caring father and husband, two of his children are very special in our lives, they are both best friends of my children since they were in kindy,” a friend wrote on Facebook.
“Michael had a very unfortunate accident and is paraplegic, facing a massive curve ball and still has a lot to adjust, not just for him but for his whole family.”
Naomi Roberts (pictured) still has a glimmer of hope that one day her husband will be able to walk again
Michael was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday to begin extensive rehabilitation
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11158905/GoFundMe-set-Perth-paraplegic-Michael-Roberts-horror-kite-surfing-accident.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 GoFundMe catered to Perth paraplegic Michael Roberts after a horrific kitesurfing accident