The ‘heartbroken’ mother of a popular tree surgeon paralysed from the chest down after part of a felled oak tree rolled into him is hoping that her ‘positive and determined’ son can recover enough of his independence to make it home from hospital for a family Christmas.
Friends have crowdfunded online and have raised more than £27,000 for self-employed businessman Callum Kilby, 26, after he shattered two of his spinal discs, meaning that doctors have told him that he’ll never walk again following the devastating accident a month ago.
His mother Lindsay, 48, choked as she told Mail Online: ‘I’m absolutely heartbroken for him. He was always so sporty and active. He’d go jogging, he taught Chinese boxing and he climbed trees for a living. This is not the life Callum or any of us imagined he’d have.
Tree surgeon Callum Kilby, 26, pictured left, was paralysed after an oak tree fell on him
‘Now he’s paralysed he’s got to learn how to do everything all over again. But he’s remained so positive and so determined, particularly thanks to all the support that we’ve had from everyone, including strangers. He’s just managed to sit up in a chair weeks ahead of expectations.
‘Now I’m hoping that he can become independent enough to come home for Christmas. For now that would be the best Christmas present for all of us.’
Callum from Alton, Hampshire, had just felled a big oak tree when it rolled over and a branch struck his helmet, sending him flying over into an awkward landing which shattered two of his discs in the middle of his spine and compressed his spinal cord.
His mother Lindsay, 48, choked as she told Mail Online: ‘I’m absolutely heartbroken for him. He was always so sporty and active. He’d go jogging, he taught Chinese boxing and he climbed trees for a living. This is not the life Callum or any of us imagined he’d have’
He was in a coma in intensive care for a couple of weeks before he came around and was delivered the body blow that he would never walk again.
As well as collecting money for Callum on their Crowdfunding page, supporters are also holding fundraising events including a charity football match, a rugby club auction and even a Chinese boxing seminar.
Lindsay added: ‘We honestly can’t thank everyone enough. We’re hoping that all this support keeps him positive and more importantly keeps him defying doctors’ expectations.’