Parents will do anything to protect their kids, even if that means sacrificing their own safety. One dad did exactly that and now he needs help.
A few weeks ago 42-year-old Australian Brad Lewis was playing with Oscar, the youngest of his two sons, on a friend’s balcony. Oscar was playfully firing Nerf bullets at his dad when a few of them went over the balcony. The boy ran to see where they went and began to fall over the railing when he lost his balance.
Brad charged over to pull his son back but his momentum took them both over the ledge. As they fell, Brad wrapped himself around his son to cushion they boy’s fall. The boy was left with a concussion, a fractured skull, a bruise on the brain, and is suffering from shock. The good news is that he’s been discharged from the hospital.
In saving his son, Brad fractured his skull and some vertebrae. Even in the immediate aftermath of his fall, he was most concerned about his boys.
His friend Beau who was first on the scene recalled the father asking about his family as he drifted in and out of consciousness. Among the things he said were, “Are the kids OK?”, “Don’t let them see me like this”, and, “Don’t let me die, mate.”
He didn’t and even his doctors are surprised he survived.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help weather the additional costs that will accrue during a long 6-12 month recovery.
It won’t be an easy road, but something tells me that this heroic dad will do whatever it takes to recover, for himself and his family.