Supporters rally to help courageous Clint walk again

2014-09-01 00:00

A PARALYSING spinal injury will not deter a young Hillcrest man from his dream of walking again.

Clinton Eccles (21) from Hillcrest has just started rehabilitation at the rehab unit at Entabeni Hospital. A major car accident in May left parts of his vertebra shattered resulting in a spinal contusion injury.

“He goes for three to four hours of rehab a day. The recovery is slow but he is working very hard and is hopeful,” said Keagan Eccles, his brother.

David Eccles, Clinton’s father, said that throughout all the hardships, the family remained strong and supportive of him.

“Our family is hopeful that some movement will return and Clinton is hopeful too. He is a strong and level-headed boy.”

His father said it had been an emotional journey, not only for Clinton but for the entire family.

“It can happen to anyone’s child. We just had to deal with it as a family and try to be supportive. The support we have received from not only family and friends, but from people all over the world is absolutely amazing,” he said.

Eccles senior said Clinton is adamant that he will have movement again and is working his hardest.

“Every day he says Dad, I will walk again, and you can see it at rehab, he is working hard towards it.”

The Facebook group “Clint’s Support & Update Group” has almost 2 000 followers and his friends and family have put together a fundraiser in the form of a golf day for him that will take place on October 10 at the Durban Country Club.

Keagan said the aim of the event was to help pay for special equipment needed for his brother. “Clint needs a wheelchair, a special air mattress for sleeping on and other equipment needed to keep him comfortable.”

There will be 150 golfers and other assistants volunteering on the day.

“We have had so much help and people have been so kind,” he said.

Family and friends are urging the public to either support by donating prizes, or joining them and entering the 4-ball.

“We can help him by making his life easier and we are trying.”


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