Appeal launched to help young Brit, 17, left paralysed after diving accident
An appeal for donations has been launched to help the recovery of 17-year-old Algarve-raised Jack Wilson, who has become paralysed from the chest down after an accident at Salema beach in Vila do Bispo.
The British youngster was on holiday in the Western Algarve with the family of a friend when he went into the sea on July 23, dove under a wave and broke his neck.
After initial medical assessments and x-rays at Portimão Hospital, Jack was airlifted to Faro Hospital, where an operation was immediately carried out to repair the damage to his spine.
For now, Jack is making a good but slow recovery and remains paralysed from the chest down. He now has some movement in his arms and hands and more surgery is planned, followed by extensive physical rehabilitation.
“We don’t know what the future holds for this 17-year-old who is always full of ideas, and is one of the hardest working lads you could ever meet. And that is why we are asking for your help and donations, because we want to give Jack the best chance possible to be able to live his life the way he wants to,” says Richard Mills, the father of the friend Jack was spending his holiday with.
Richard also thanked the Bombeiros from Vila do Bispo, paediatric emergency at Portimão and all the medical team at Faro hospital who are taking care of Jack.
“The care and attention from the medical and emergency staff have been outstanding,” he said. “At the moment, we have no idea how long Jack will remain at Faro, it is too early for the doctors to be able to tell us.”
Jack lives near Salir and has been working as a barman in a hotel resort in Vilamoura.
Donations can be made online here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/423737578241145/?fundraiser_source=external_url