THE mother of a young Blayney man who suffered serious back injuries in a car crash has spoken about the “amazing” support her family has received as they struggled through a heartbreaking Christmas.
21-year-old Josh Farr was one of six men injured in a single-vehicle crash on the Mid-Western Highway between Blayney and Bathurst during the early hours of December 17.
He is now in a stable condition in the Spinal Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital, and every small advance in his condition is encouraging for his mother, Allison Farr, who has been by his side since the harrowing incident and said her son has had “good days and bad”.
“Christmas wasn't a very good day,” she said.
“We all did it hard, here and the family at home.
“He has had a few health setbacks outside of his spinal injury, but he’s also just been to the gym for some rehab and he’s just smashing that.”
Mrs Farr said that Josh’s fitness before the accident has certainly aided his recovery.
“They’re doing a lot of upper body work with weights and stretching and he actually sat up for the first time unassisted,” she said.
One bright spot to emerge from the tragedy has been the flood of support Josh and his family have received.
The visits, care packages, food cooked, texts and messages from friends and family have been what has gotten us through.Josh Farr's mother Allison
Mrs Farr said her son’s friends “have been by his side since the day of the accident”, while many others have assisted from afar.
Josh’s aunties Kellie Dunn and Trish Farr created a Facebook group – ‘Josh’s Road to Recovery’ – on which the family posts regular updates to keep the page’s 1600 followers up to date on Josh’s treatments and condition.
In the days immediately after the incident Mr Farr’s cousin Adam Hamilton created a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised over $47,000 – more than triple the account’s original goal – to help the family in their hour of need.
“It will be used to allow me to stay by his side whilst he recovers,” Mrs Farr said of the money.
“We haven't looked further than that at this stage.”
The family has been overwhelmed by the support shown to them in the past three weeks.
“The visits, care packages, food cooked, texts and messages from friends and family have been what has gotten us through,” Mrs Farr said.
“The support has been amazing and we're so grateful. We have no idea how we would ever be able to repay everyone.
“We would just like to thank everyone for their support, both physically and financially.”