THE family of a man who may not walk again after he suffered horrific injuries in a freak accident while on a golfing trip have issued a heartfelt thanks for the support they have received.
Jarrod McCabe (40) broke his neck, back and all of his ribs after a fall at a hotel in Scarborough in August.
He spent days in an induced coma in hospital in Hull before being transferred to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and his family feared the worst.
Three months on, Jarrod, also known as Jed, of Harle Syke, is being treated at a specialist spinal injuries unit in Southport.
His dad, Mr Bert McCabe (63), said: “At the beginning we didn’t think he was going to make it. We are just taking it one step at a time. He’s got a bit of short-term memory loss. He’s got use of his upper body but it’s doubtful that he will ever walk again.”
Mr McCabe said that Jarrod, who spent nine years in the Army, serving in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and now works as a technical engineer at Crem International, on the Network 65 Business Park, is coping “remarkably well”.
“He’s always been a bit of an action man, he’s a keen golfer and he was in the Army and I think that has helped him. He is using the Army mantras to help his recovery.”
Following Jarrod’s accident friends and family have rallied round and his cousins Lisa Garstang and Zoe Mabbut have set up the Jed McCabe Rehabilitation Fund to pay for any specialist equipment he might need.
A Hallowe’en party held at the Sun Inn raised more than £1,000 and a race night to give the fund a further boost will take place at the Commercial pub, Harle Syke, on Friday, November 30th, from 7-30pm.
Friends from Towneley Golf Club, of which he is a member, have also helped with fund-raising.
Former St Theodore’s pupil Jarrod has just started physiotherapy, although it is months before he is expected to leave hospital. He is receiving regular visits from his dad, mum Jean and partner Natasha Bailey. Mr McCabe said: “We are grateful to everybody who’s shown concern. We want to issue a proper heartfelt, genuine thank you to those who have contributed to the fund-raising and sent their best wishes. We have passed them on to Jarrod and he’s very grateful for everything people are doing for him.”
For more information about fund-raising events and Jarrod’s progress visit The Jed McCabe Rehabilitation Fund on Facebook.