Katie's Story: It was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime – a life changing experience – and it was.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
We are all too familiar with so many spinal cord injury stories, however we are not so familiar with ones of recovery.

Katie Ferguson was sitting the back of a mini bus during a tip in Bolivia. An hour into her trip there was a jolt, a bang, and then nothing.

“I thought the bottom of the bus had fallen through, as from the waist down I felt weightless. I remember looking down and seeing my legs beneath me and realised that I could not feel or move them. Panic ripped through my body.”

A CT scan at a local hospital revealed Katie has a T12 burst fracture pushing into her spinal canal, which required emergency surgery.

“They said if I did not have the surgery within four hours it could become life-threatening and I may never walk again.”

For two weeks, Katie was stuck in a hospital in Bolivia unable to communicate in the local language. Her older brother Tim flew over from Australia to help support and assist in the beginning of a long recovery process.

For Katie and her family, the months that followed were a blue of pain and emotion.

Since the bus crash, like so many, Katie has been working tirelessly to rehabilitation her injury. With victories here and there, it has been a difficult journey.

Having spent months in an out of hospital and physiotherapy, Katie is now able to walk using one crutch. She no longer uses a wheelchair.

Katie’s beautiful spirit and continued determination have been awe-inspiring as she continues to smash recovery mountains and milestones.

Despite her injury, Katie courageously participated in the 2014 HBF Run for a Reason to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injury research, representing the Network. Her goal is to walk in year’s 4km fun run.

“Having a spinal cord injury is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with in my life. Everyday is not only a physical challenge, but also a mental challenge. Whenever I feel myself struggling I have to remind myself of where I was only months ago and how far I have come. I am so proud of my achievements sand am so thankful for the love and support I have received from everyone in my life.”

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