Bloke paralysed after horror trampoline accident leaves him in intensive care

A scaffolder who suffered a horror trampoline accident has been left paralysed from the chest down.

Rob Harcourt, 37, suffered a cardiac arrest and had to endure major surgery following his admittance to hospital when doctors found fluid in his brain after the freak accident.

The 37-year-old is said to have been at a friend's house when the accident occurred, tripping in the garden and falling onto a trampoline which dislocated his neck.

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Mr Harcourt, who is currently in intensive care, suffered "catastrophic" injuries and also kinked his spinal cord, with doctors believing the scaffolder will be paralysed from the chest down for the rest of his life.

A fundraiser set up by partner Jade Higgins to support the scaffolder has nearly hit its £5,250 goal, with an update recently revealing more details about his condition.

Organiser Amanda Jones wrote: "Rob has had several operations now, the most recent was to insert a filter into his circulatory system to catch any clots that may form as a result of the blood thinners being withdrawn.

"This is to avoid a repeat of what happened with the last blood clot."

Mr Harcourt, who lives in Stockton, Teesside, had taken on extra shifts as a scaffolder and was said to be working seven days a week to support his family during the cost of living crisis.

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The freak accident last month has caused a number of problems for the 37-year-old, with one incident seeing the scaffolder rushed in for emergency surgery.

A second eight-hour operation followed and was carried out on the "catastrophic injury to his neck," and Rob has been on blood thinners while inside a machine designed to cool his high temperature.

Mr Harcourt is now in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest just last week, where his heart stopped for three minutes, The Mirror reported.

Writing on the fundraiser page, Ms Jones wrote: "They had to make a tough decision as because he is on blood thinners it was going to be quite a risky operation.

"I think it's going to be a few days before the doctors can give them any idea on what his quality of life is going to be like if and when he wakes up."


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