Carolyn and Dave Elder with Paige, and Jack celebrate Tristan’s 14th birthday in hospital last month – they will be glad to have him home for Christmas
On July 15, 2017, Tristan Sik was riding home from his friends house when he was hit by a car. He was airlifted from Rainbow Beach to Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane by Lifeflight, in a critical condition, and spent the next 37 days in ICU before moving into a rehab ward.
Tristan sustained multiple fractures, a minor brain stem injury and a severe brain trauma. The lives of his mother and father and their three other children were changed forever, in an instant.
Finally, the family have been advised that they will all be under the same roof again – Tristan is moving back to home to Rainbow Beach, from December 13 for eight weeks.
Tristan and the team are working hard for the move – getting his body used to swallowing food again and physical therapy.
His mum Carolyn Elder recently posted on their Pray for Trist Facebook page, “Today in physio Tristan was able to pull his right leg up a little. It was so hard but he did it three times…. he was also able to show us he does not like cold potato and gravy!”
The family sought assistance to help purchase and modify a van to accommodate Trist’s wheelchair.
“We have been overwhelmed with offers of support since we decided to go ahead with a Crowdfunding page. It was never something I have been comfortable with and wasn’t easy to do. Being proud people, we don’t like asking for money; we work hard for what we get.”
The good news is they may be able to access other funding for this, however the page does not allow them to refund the donations. Carolyn asks that people get in touch with her directly, otherwise, “If we don’t need to access it we will find another local family to donate it to. We appreciate absolutely everyone who shared our link or made a donation.”
Carolyn advised more positive news, “We are coming home with hydrotherapy organised at the pool with BJ and Emilia at the gym will be helping with stretching and range of movements which will help strengthen the signals to his brain from his muscles.”
“We still ask for continued prayers through Tristan’s recovery. It will be many years of rehabilitation for our boy.”