Dealership mobilises the community

2016-07-06 06:00
Devon Nasch returns to Mark White Nissan to thank them for his new ‘wheels’. Photo: supplied

Devon Nasch returns to Mark White Nissan to thank them for his new ‘wheels’. Photo: supplied

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MOTOR dealership, Mark White Nissan, in partnership with Prima Care is continuing to change people’s lives with their “Change your wheels, change a life” campaign. Devon Nasch and Chatsworth Rotary are this month’s wheelchair recipients.
Nasch was involved in a serious accident that led to the amputation of his leg. His mother Tracy Sleiner recalls how it happened.

“On 23 April, the unthinkable happened. My son was involved in a motorbike accident which saw him fighting for his life, a fight not one of us could help him with. Immediately after the accident, he was rushed to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in a critical condition.
“He was non-responsive and while the hospital worked quickly to stabilise him, minutes felt like hours in that waiting room,” she said.

“Devon’s left leg was badly hurt, and his shoulder also had suffered a major blow, but until they established he had no brain injury, they could not take the risk of surgery to repair anything,” she added.

“After two CT scans, three days and countless prayers, it was confirmed that Devon had not suffered any major brain injury. He still was not able to speak or open his eyes and the doctors just kept telling me to give him time. At least now surgery on his leg could begin, and so started a series of theatre visits to fix the damage,” she said.

Nasch’s leg was mostly hurt on the upper left calf. In the fourth week, following the accident, doctors explained they had run out of alternatives and that his left leg had to be amputated.

“Devon came through his surgery well, even though they took off more of his leg than we expected. They had to cut above the knee, as the infection had spread. We had no idea what to expect from Devon when he woke up, how he would respond, if they would need to operate again, although from the next day he was a completely different person,” she said.

Nasch doesn’t remember anything about the accident up until the amputation, and since the day they removed his leg his recovery has been remarkable.

“I aim to adapt my life so that it is as normal as possible. My mom has always provided for everyone of my needs, but I know these next few months are going to just be out of our families grasp. I knew that I was going to need a wheelchair and crutches to start off with and the donation of Mark White Nissan has made a huge difference in my life,” Nasch said.
“My dreams though, still include fishing, and a career and making my own coffee in the morning. I need a prosthetic leg, and I am appealing to my community again, please help me reach my potential. Please help me walk again. Please donate so that I can continue with my life, taking only lessons from this tragedy and not lifelong limitations,” Nasch said.

For every car sold, Mark White Nissan donates a percentage of the profit towards the wheelchair campaign. Contact Carol on 031 020 0500 or carol@mwn to assist, or visit the Mark White Nissan Amanzimtoti­ Facebook page and nominate someone needing a wheelchair.

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