News - 18th September 2018
Tags:

Overcoming adversity

croc story 3
Sometimes one just has to wonder at the incredible will to survive and the strength of spirit some people possess - the following story by Graham about his father demonstrates this remarkably:

 

My 71 year old dad was attacked by a crocodile in South Africa at the beginning of the year. He had extensive injuries to his chest, leg and arms. His injuries were complicated by severe sepsis and required 18 operations, including an above knee amputation. After 42 days of intensive care, he was discharged to the ward and then eventually to rehabilitation unit and finally home.

 

Prior to the accident he was doing parkrun every week and it was a great incentive during his recovery and rehabilitation to get back and do it again. Indeed, I remember him mouthing “I’m going to get better and parkrun again” through his tracheostomy from his ICU bed, bandages and tubes everywhere. Our response was something like, “Erm, okay then”.

 

Recently he completed his first parkrun in Johannesburg with his new prosthesis. It took an hour and a half and he finished with blisters on his stump… but he made it step by step. It’ll be the first of many.

 

Croc story 2

 

Family all over the world have started doing parkrun since then. Here in Auckland, my wife, kids and labrador manage to get to Cornwall Park most Saturdays and dedicate each completed parkrun to the strength it’s taken with my dad’s resilience and his positive attitude to life.

 

Graham Knottenbelt, Cornwall Park

 

Share this with friends:

Join the discussion:

gisborne runner

Event Profile – Gisborne parkrun

Megan Costello is the ED of Gisborne parkrun, which started in May this year. It’s situated in the far east of the North Island and is the first parkrun to see the sun worldwide! Megan tells us how she became involved in parkrun and setting up this picturesque parkrun:   I initially became involved with parkrun…

parkdog Fred from Invercargill

parkdog of the week

There must be some very special dogs in Invercargill with fabulous owners! Here’s Fred, with his, sporting their tutus on what must be a recent 22 parkrun!   Hi my name is Fred, I am the good looking one leading the way. I am a Yorkie Cairn cross and I was adopted from the SPCA…