Zaine’s story

"Without Youngcare, my nephew would be in hospital on a waiting list"

A hard-working teenager, Zaine loved his new job as a jackaroo near Townsville and had acquired his own car to travel there from his home in Ayr.

But while taking it for a test drive he lost control on a bend. Zaine suffered massive head injuries. He was rushed to hospital but not expected to live.

After months on life support and numerous operations, he was eventually moved to the rehab unit to start the long and difficult road to recovery.

Zaine is now wheelchair dependent and has lost the ability to speak. The family fought a three-year battle to find him a place in supported accommodation only to find that they did not have the money to buy all the specialised equipment.

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Family members contributed whatever they could and exhausted all sources of funding to buy a wheelchair, mattress, bath chair and other aids. The last and most important item was a high-low hospital bed costing thousands of dollars. Finally they rang the Youngcare Connect service. Youngcare was able to provide the money they needed.

Zaine’s Aunty Melita says: “There is a terrible lack of funding available to young adults to provide much needed medical aids and equipment. Without the kind donation from Youngcare, my beautiful nephew Zaine would have lost his placement and would still be in the hospital, on another waiting list, spiralling back into depression.

“He now has a room all to himself. My bright happy boy is coming back. The future is going to be hard for Zaine but with family support, anything is possible for him.”