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This wasn’t the plan – but now there are new plans for Thomas

In 2015, talented dancer Thomas Elphick was studying contemporary dance in the Netherlands. On May 7, at a beach in Portugal he dived under a wave and hit a sandbar breaking the C4 and C5 vertebrae causing significant damage to his spinal cord. 

He woke numb – unable to move. After 5 weeks in hospital in Portugal he was transferred to the Prince of Wales Hospital Spinal Unit. 

After 5 months at Prince of Wales Hospital, Tom’s body is still in recovery and he’s working to rehabilitate muscle activity and stimulate nerve regeneration. He is now taking his first steps on his way to recovery. 

“It was an unexpected and drastic turn, onto a path I never thought I would have to take,” said Tom. “I am so grateful for the care I have been given and can see why Prince of Wales Hospital is one of the top spinal rehabilitation centres globally.”

The funds provided through the Prize Home lottery are vital to help this specialised spinal unit provide people, like Tom, with the best care possible. 

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