PURE CRAIC’D - Irish-Spinal-Injuries fundraiser for Ian St.John
Date: 16th March
Don’t miss what promises to be a night of side splitting comedy, all in aid of Irish-Spinal-Injuries fundraiser for Ian St.John.
“PGA Professional Ian St John's life changed forever on August 26th, 2016.
In the space of nine hours, he became paralysed. An MRI revealed a massive tumour on his spine. His wife, Orla (who also has multiple Sclerosis) was eight months pregnant at the time and gave birth to a baby girl a month later while Ian was having his first round of chemotherapy.
Spinal surgery and a brutal chemotherapy & radiation program were undertaken for the following 8 months as an inpatient at Beaumont Hospital.
Thankfully the cancer is in remission but Ian remains paralysed. He sadly resigned his position as Head PGA Professional at Rush, and moved his family back to Tramore to be close to family for support.
In July of this year Ian had regained enough strength to fly to England to visit Prime Physio (specialists in spinal cord injury physiotherapy) in Cambridge. The week long treatment was considerably intense using a FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) devise, a stander "glider" and a motomed machine.
Ian returned home and two weeks afterwards he noticed a little stimulus in his left leg. There is now a glimmer of hope!!!
Ian is now pursuing this specialist neurological care and while treatment, physiotherapy, equipment and travel are proving expensive, they are also proving worthwhile.
The aim is to purchase the motomed, stander glider and FES machine (for use at home) and travel to Prime Physio every two months.
Recovering from a spinal cord injury requires an indefinite amount of time, expertise and energy.