Beloved uncle playing with kids at party breaks his neck in freak trampoline accident
David Small, 41, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, was playing with kids at a birthday party at his nephew’s house when he attempted a flip and fell landing on his head
A beloved uncle could be left paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak accident on a trampoline.
David Small was playing with kids at a birthday party at his nephew’s house when he attempted a flip and fell.
The 41-year-old landed on his head on the trampoline injuring himself in the process, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Paramedics were called to the house in Stockport, Greater Manchester, last Saturday night, September 25, and he was taken to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment.
There it was discovered he had dislodged two vertebrae from his spine.
His condition then worsened and currently, he is unable to move any of his limbs and has no feeling below the neck.
David, a travel agent from Reddish, requires major surgery to repair the damage to the lower part of his neck and the top part his back and has undergone one part of it, however, doctors have had to postpone the second part of the surgery due to an infection.
His family say his longer-term prognosis won’t become clear until after the surgery is completed and he has begun his rehabilitation.
He is set to be moved a specialist rehabilitation centre for people with spinal injuries once the surgery is complete.
His family say they have been told he may be left with some form of disability – but to what extent they don’t yet know.
And they say they are ‘hoping and praying’ that this won’t be the case.
They have now launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help with his rehabilitation as well as to help with his and his mother’s bills, for whom David is a carer.
They have already raised over £3,500 of their initial £5,000 target.
Manchester City and Stockport County fan David, known as Dave, has three brothers – Gary, Mark and Neil as well as six nephews who he dotes on.
And Neil, said his injury had left the whole family devastated.
“We’re all just shell-shocked.
“He was just playing on the trampoline with the kids trying to entertain them as that’s his nature.
“They were doing flips and he’s tried to do one as well and he’s landed on his neck.
“At first the extent of the damage wasn’t clear. He was in pain and he could still move his arms.
“The St John’s Ambulance came first to assess him then they called for a proper ambulance.
“But he just got gradually and gradually worse and from the Sunday night he didn’t have any feeling from the neck down.
“He’s had the first part of his surgery.
“He’s been told he may be left with some kind of disability but we don’t know to what extent.
“We’ll know more when he’s had the second part and he starts his rehabilitation.”
Dave has worked in the travel industry alongside Neil for over 20 years, currently working for website On the Beach.
And he says they have been inundated with messages of support following the accident.
“Remarkably his spirits are quite high,” Neil said. “He’s a very positive person and is not one to let things get him down.
“He’s in and out of induced comas at the moment. But we are all just absolutely gutted and devastated.
“He’s such a devoted family man to us all. My mum relies on him.
“You couldn’t ask to meet as loving as him. Everyone is rooting for him.
“The number of people who have reached out to us and sent messages saying he’s in their thoughts, it’s really touching.”