A Mandurah father of five has been left a paraplegic after fracturing his spine in a freak accident while kite surfing.
Michael Roberts is “mourning half of his body” after the horror ocean accident at Falcon Beach left him permanently paralysed from the chest down.
The passionate kite surfer, known as an “all-round ocean lover”, was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday and will need ongoing treatment.
His wife Naomi has created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her husband’s medical treatment as the devastated family comes to terms with their new reality.
In just two days, more than $22,500 has already been donated.
“Overnight our whole lives and the lives of our children were turned upside down,” Mrs Roberts wrote on the page.
“From being the happiest we have ever been as newlyweds three months earlier to the uncertain reality we now face.”
Mr Roberts said he missed the “tiny little things” and everything he previously took for granted.
“It’s the tiny little things like I just want to lay in bed and go to sleep next to my wife and just the things you took for granted,” told Nine News.
“We now live our entire married life with me life this and she didn’t sign up for this.
“I replay the landing (inside my head) and (think) what could I have done to land that kite differently.”
Mrs Roberts said she took solace from still having her husband by her side.
“I am thankful every day that my husband is still with us and our five children still have their father to love and guide them through life,” she wrote.
“As we embark on this new journey we know it will be a long, tough road but I know that together we can get through anything and Michael will make the most out of the cards he has been dealt.
“He is so brave and strong and I couldn’t be prouder to be his wife.”
Mrs Roberts said the community’s support meant the world to the heartbroken family.
“It will help us keep our family home and help us make it accessible for Michael to be as independent as possible, it will help us financially while Michael is unable to work due to his rehab and new disability requirements, it will also help us explore any future technology that may be developed to hopefully, one day, help him walk again,” she wrote.
Mr Roberts is now “one step to closer” as he begins his rehabilitation journey.
“Michael transferred to Fiona Stanley hospital today and we couldn’t be more excited about it,” Mrs Roberts wrote.
“Being here means Michael will begin rehab tailored to his individual needs and is one step closer to coming home.
“We are so grateful and overwhelmed by all of the support we have received from so many people.
“It brings tears to our eyes to know there are so many amazing people in our lives and we can’t wait to be able to say ’thank you’ to everyone in person one day.”
To make a donation, click on this link https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-michael-on-his-new-journey-as-a-paraplegic