After months in hospital, Matakana Road crash victim Charlie Casey, 11, was back home again last week, though it is anticipated it could be another year before he walks normally again.
Charlie’s father, Martin, says Charlie had in fact returned home nine days earlier but, unfortunately, fell and broke his leg again.
The mishap may have proved a blessing in disguise because it turned out the leg was not healing properly anyway. His leg has now been fitted with steel plates.
But Martin says the incident did give Charlie’s confidence another knock.
Charlie underwent several surgeries after his right leg and hip were shattered in an accident on Matakana Road in January involving a truck and trailer unit and a taxi.
At one point, it was thought Charlie might lose his leg entirely, but because of high-tech surgical techniques, there is confidence his leg will be saved.
Martin and his wife Tania have been forced to give up work to attend to Charlie and a Givealittle web page was set up to help the family meet living expenses.
So far, the page has raised more than $22,000.
Martin says he has been blown away by people’s generosity.
“We’ve really appreciated it because you suddenly get a whole bunch of costs, which are hard to handle,” he says.
Martin anticipates there will be further bills ahead to secure home-based tuition for Charlie until he can return to school.
Charlie’s Givealittle page: givealittle.co.nz/cause/the-casey-family