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

  • Caregiver charged after boy dies in hot car in Toronto

    Canada News CTV News
    A caregiver in Toronto is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning to face charges in the death of a child found in a hot car. Police say the woman has been charged with criminal negligence causing death. Source
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called Trump a what? A ‘dotard’

    World News Toronto Sun
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Famous for using bombastic, derogatory and often-awkward English slams against enemies, North Korean state media sent people scrambling for dictionaries Friday with a dispatch that quotes leader Kim Jong Un calling President Donald Trump “the mentally deranged U.S. Source
  • U.S. President Trump labels Russia investigations a 'hoax'

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is continuing to dismiss investigations into Russian interference in last year's U.S. election as a "hoax," as Russian-purchased Facebook advertising comes under scrutiny. Trump says on Twitter Friday: "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. Source
  • Trump says Kim Jong Un 'will be tested like never before'

    World News Toronto Sun
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and hinting at frightening new weapons tests. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a U.S. Source
  • Trump piles on new economic sanctions against North Korea

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK — U.S. President Donald Trump has added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea, and renewed his rhetorical offensive against Kim Jong Un on Friday, calling the reclusive leader “obviously a madman. Source
  • For Rohingya child refugees, there are too many losses to count

    World News CTV News
    BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh -- Abdul Hamid has the wide-open smile of a child and the eyes of an adult. By age 12, the Rohingya Muslim boy has seen more than anyone should have to see in a lifetime. Source
  • Jordan's young crown prince makes global debut in UN speech

    World News CTV News
    AMMAN, Jordan -- Just a year out of college, Jordan's crown prince has made his debut on the world's biggest stage, addressing the UN General Assembly -- the clearest sign yet that he is on a fast track to a prominent public role at home and abroad. Source
  • Trial of aides accused of deleting gas-plant emails finally set to start

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- The so-called gas-plants trial of two former senior Ontario political aides is expected to finally get underway in earnest in Toronto today. A computer forensics expert for the prosecution is slated to be the first witness. Source
  • Uber stripped of London licence, vows to appeal

    World News CBC News
    London's transport regulator on Friday stripped Uber of its licence to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app. "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," Transport for London (TfL) said. Source
  • Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids

    Canada News CBC News
    As the opioid epidemic continues to march across the country, destroying an ever increasing number of lives, the federal health minister says people have fallen into the habit of passing judgment on those who are addicted to the drug. Source