Nick Gehlert was 27 when a tree fell onto the car in which he was a passenger and left him in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
He sustained a traumatic brain injury, a broken jaw, cracked sternum, a torn AC joint in his shoulder, and tachycardia – an abnormally fast heart rate.
Following inpatient rehabilitation, Nick has benefited from the treatment, care and support services provided through the scheme, including coordinating dental surgery needed for his broken jaw.
Through the scheme, Nick has also been provided assistance with his ongoing medical appointments, gym membership for his rehabilitation, and had his garden maintained while he was unable.
Nick was provided with a heart rate monitor and oxygen saturation device to help with his tachycardia.
Nick has made remarkable progress following his accident. He is now back at work fulltime, regained his driver’s license and no longer requires medication.
He is hopeful of returning to play football next year.