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A Sliding Door Moment for David Muir

Tue 09, May 2017

On the 20th of July 1997, David Muir ran onto the rugby field for the UQ Red Heavies - unfortunately he didn't run off.

Following a scrum collapse, he lay on the ground fearing the worst. 24 hours later, 2 X-Rays, a CT scan and an MRI - David was advised that he needed surgery to fix a prolapsed disc that was pressing on his spinal cord. His doctor advised him that there was a 50/50 chance that they could safely remove the disc and relieve the pressure. This risk if they got it wrong however, was life in a wheelchair. 

12 months later David miraculously walked out of that hospital, 20kg heavier and still feeling pretty sorry for himself. A chance meeting with Perry Cross not long after, had a life long effect.

"I attended a 21st birthday for an old school mate and it was there that I ran into Perry Cross. Unlike me, Perry hadn't been so lucky and yet, when we spoke his first comment was 'heard about your accident, how are you doing?'."

"Here I was feeling sorry for myself because I could no longer play rugby and yet here was a young man only a few years older, bound to a wheelchair who was concerned for me. From then on my attitude changed and every day since I have tried to appreciate the things we so often take for granted. In honour of Perry and the 20 years I've been walking, running, swimming, playing rugby, and loving every second with my beautiful family I set myself the challenge of completing my first full Triathlon."

On the 26th of March, after a gruelling 3 months of training, David successfully completed his first Triathlon. His time of of 2:49 was outside what he had hoped for, but he was very grateful to have completed the challenge. 

"Despite my exhaustion throughout the race, I was able to reflect on what a blessing it was that I was just out there racing in the first place. One sliding door moment, 20 years ago, could have stopped me from ever completing such an event let alone walking down the aisle, chasing my kids or just enjoying the freedom of walking - I came so close to never being able to experience any of this."

"Everything is possible and my hope is that people living with spinal cord injuries, just like Perry, one day have the opportunity to walk again. To do this PCSRF needs our support and I'm grateful to everyone who supported me through this challenge and helped raise $2750. I hope this goes someway to supporting the enormous but very real and very possible task of finding a cure for paralysis."

Special thankyou to David for sharing his story and supporting PCSRF and a cure. Please get in touch today if you would like to learn about the many ways you can help get us one step closer to a cure.


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