Alex McKinnon has made the extraordinary admission that he “wouldn’t change a thing” eight years after struggling a devastating spinal harm.
McKinnon’s gorgeous self-assessment will deliver unexpected hope to former Cronulla Sharks winger Nathan Stapleton, who has been left paralysed from the shoulders down after being injured taking part in decrease grade rugby union.
McKinnon’s present of power and assist for Stapleton has emerged along with the revelation that Rugby Australia is engaged on a fundraising initiative for the 32-year-old, who has been identified a quadriplegic.
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Stapleton’s spinal wire has been broken on the C4 stage of his cervical vertebrae. He stays beneath shut watch on the Royal North Shore spinal unit.
McKinnon, 30, who was left to confront life in a wheelchair following a deal with gone mistaken whereas taking part in for Newcastle in 2014, mentioned he was gutted to listen to of Stapleton’s accident.
He defined why the younger father and his spouse Kate, should stay mentally robust.
“My wish for Nathan is that he fully recovers and he’s able to walk and function and get as much back as he can,’’ McKinnon said.
“But I’ll say this, if I could go back to how I was before my injury and change anything, I wouldn’t. I’m adamant with that. If I could go back, I wouldn’t go back. That’s honestly my mindset.
“Why? Because I think I’m fortunate that from all the experiences that I’ve had in the last eight years, the people that I have met, how I see things in a completely different way.
“How naive I was before. I may have grown as a person regardless, but I can’t count on that. All I can count on is how I am right now and I wouldn’t want to sacrifice the growth I’ve had as a person and where I’m at as a father.
“I wouldn’t risk all that, to go back.’’
McKinnon has experience in talking with people who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
“But the people that I talk too most are, the injured individual’s partner, wife, husband, or parents,’’ McKinnon said.
“I feel they’re the one that really need a chat about what they’re experiencing. I actually enjoy helping where I can and if Nathan or his wife need someone to talk to, I’m here.’’
Stapleton was injured while playing rugby union, believed to be in the process of clearing a ruck, during his Boorowa club’s opening game of the season against West Wyalong on April 9.
The heartbreaking diagnosis for Stapleton is being supported by a Go Fund Me page which has raised almost $100,000 over the past 48 hours.
Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos also confirmed a plan for the code to raise much-needed funds for Stapleton’s on-going welfare.
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“Rugby Australia has been in regular contact with Nathan’s family, providing support since the incident,’’ Marinos said.
“I have also spoken with the family to reiterate the support of the rugby community.
“We are currently working through some options to generate additional support with the public – we will announce those plans once they are finalised.”
Cronulla Sharks gamers are additionally making an attempt to contribute financially to Stapleton by auctioning each ANZAC jersey worn of their win over Manly on Friday evening.
You can contribute to the Go Fund Me web page for Nathan Stapleton HERE