In 2012 a tragic gymnastics accident left Brandon Beack wheelchair-bound as a quadriplegic. Whilst Brandon was training, he lost concentration and he fell off the parallel bars, missing the safety mats and landing on his head. He broke his neck at C6/ C7 spinal motion vertebrae and was left instantly paralysed from the shoulders down. After 10 weeks of inpatient rehabilitation, the doctors told Brandon that he would be paralysed for the rest of his life and would not recover any further.
Following this diagnosis, the Beack family struggled to find an affordable outpatient facility that met Brandon’s rehabilitation needs. There were very few financially accessible outpatient facilities in South Africa that provided neurological rehabilitation and the Beacks ended up investing everything they had into getting Brandon to the Shepherd Centre in the USA.
This was a turning point in their lives. Brandon benefitted tremendously from the medical expertise and the advanced rehabilitative technology and equipment helped him make a remarkable recovery. He returned to South Africa with a new mindset, determined to make the standard of medical care that he received accessible to South Africans who needed it the most. In 2015 the Walking with Brandon Foundation was founded.
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