The Hidden Benefits of PBF Support.
“My experience with PBF helped me process my accident and the damage it did to me physically and emotionally.”
Four years ago, Eamon McInerney rolled his vehicle on a gravel road in the WA Wheatbelt. He was just 17 years of age.
Eamon was fortunate that the first responders applied correct spinal care procedures and he was flown to Fiona Stanley Hospital by the RAC rescue helicopter for emergency surgery. His original diagnosis was T4 complete paraplegia.
During his recovery in the rehabilitation unit, Eamon built up a good relationship with the PBF Peer Support team and discussed how he could move on from his injury. He felt that he would like to share his story with school students, to help prevent incidents like his occurring to others. Eamon and his family met with Symon Still, PBF’s WA Injury Prevention Manager, and after training and development Eamon joined PBF’s RAC Road Safety presenting team.
Eamon has spoken to many students in the South West and Wheatbelt regions of WA. The feedback from these students has been overwhelmingly positive.
Art is Eamon’s true passion. He believes it is a combination of his visual artwork and the sharing his story though PBF’s Injury Prevention presentations that contributed to his physical and emotional rehabilitation. Talking about it helped Eamon process his trauma, and painting about it helped him express it. His first exhibition entitled “Passages of Infinity” was displayed in the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.
Eamon’s personal recovery has been amazing. Within a year of the accident many of his functions had started to return; he could stand and even take small steps. By the end of 2017 Eamon could walk more than 100 metres unaided. Today he walks with few limitations and only struggles with running.
Although Eamon no longer presents to students, he and his father John remain strong advocates for PBF Australia. They acknowledge that the support received from PBF Australia helped them through a traumatic time of their lives and played a major part in Eamon’s rehabilitation.