Calgary teen paralyzed in tobogganing accident

The family of a Calgary teenager who was paralyzed from the waist down in a tobogganing accident is sharing their story in hopes of preventing a similar tragedy.

See Full Article

Alex was tobogganing with friends on Dec. 21, his fifteenth birthday, when he hit a patch of ice and crashed head-first into a pole. Unable to feel his legs, he was rushed to hospital where doctors confirmed that three vertebrae in his back were broken.

Alex, whose last name is being withheld at the request of his family, has been in the hospital ever since. He told CTV Calgary that “all signs point” towards the possibility that he will be paraplegic for the rest of his life.

“Watching your child suffer, day to day, and fight for things that we take for granted is mind-boggling to say the least,” said the teen’s mother, Stella.

Alex’s accident occurred on a hill that’s not approved for tobogganing by the city. But his parents say the city should at least post a warning sign in the area or fence off the poles at the bottom of the hill.

They also hope that Alex’s story will encourage other teenagers and families to be more careful while tobogganing.

“We hope no other family has to get that phone call,” said Alex’s father, John.

There are more than 20 city-maintained tobogganing hills in Calgary. Coun. Shane Keating said residents should flag safety issues in other areas to the municipality.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Alex’s family purchase a wheelchair and modify their home and vehicles.

The once-active teen, who was in the cadets and hoped to join the Canadian Armed Forces someday, now says he would like to become a psychologist to help others in need.

“It’s a lot easier for someone to relate to someone who has been through a traumatic experience like this so I think this is going to help me a lot in life,” he said.

With a report from CTV Calgary’s Kathy Le



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Muhammad Ali's son detained at Florida airport, questioned on religion

    World News CTV News
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Chris Mancini tells the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky that 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr. Source
  • U.S. government wants appeal of travel ban put on hold

    World News CTV News
    SEATTLE -- The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order, but the states who sued to stop the ban want the case to move forward. Source
  • Wisconsin man sent to prison for cutting off woman’s finger

    World News Toronto Sun
    GREEN BAY, Wis. — A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading no contest last year to cutting off a woman’s finger as part of a ritual to honour a fellow rap music fan. Source
  • B.C. father of two charged with killing his wife

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A Burnaby man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, the mother of his two children. Parveen Maan, 47, was arrested Thursday after Burnaby RCMP discovered the body of his 45-year-old wife, Parveen Kumari Maan, inside their home in the 7900 block of 18th Avenue. Source
  • 2 more men charged in shooting death of toddler in Chicago

    World News Toronto Sun
    CHICAGO — Two more men have been charged in a Chicago shooting that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman. Authorities say Dionel Harris and Jeremy Ellis, both 19 and from Chicago, were charged Friday with first-degree-murder and attempted murder in a shooting on Valentine’s Day that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White and Lavontay’s uncle, 26-year-old Lazaric Collins. Source
  • Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

    World News Toronto Sun
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who’s suspected in her mother’s killing, authorities said. Source
  • Conservative leadership candidates attempt deeper dive into policy at debate

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — Candidates for leadership of the federal Conservative party went four rounds Friday in a debate aimed at providing an opportunity for a deep dive into policy. But the cut-and-thrust of politics remained on display even as the format of having 14 people on stage at once was dissolved into smaller groups of candidates debating specific policy themes, one group at a time. Source
  • Guatemala orders expulsion of abortion ship, crew

    World News Toronto Sun
    GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s immigration office on Friday ordered the expulsion of a ship run by a Dutch non-profit organization that performs free abortions onboard in international waters. The office said in a statement that it was also expelling the crew of the ship operated by Women on Waves, which travels the globe offering abortion services to women in countries where the procedure is illegal. Source
  • Jeep buried in sand dune for 40 years is finally unearthed

    World News Toronto Sun
    TRURO, Mass. — A Jeep buried in sand in Massachusetts 40 years ago has finally been dug out. Work crews early Friday pulled out the rusted remnants of what John Munsnuff says was once his family’s “beach buggy” at the home they’ve long owned near Ballston Beach in Cape Cod. Source
  • Ex-sheriff with Alzheimer’s faces trial on corruption counts

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca went on trial on federal corruption charges Friday stripped of a ceremonial badge and unable to present a defence that might have won him sympathy if jurors knew he was in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Source