LONG ROAD AHEAD: Wes Stephen in hospital with his wife Janelle and children Sam, 7, and Miki, 5.
LONG ROAD AHEAD: Wes Stephen in hospital with his wife Janelle and children Sam, 7, and Miki, 5. Warren Lynam

Community rallies to help survivor of fatal crash

WES Stephen was briefly moved to his feet yesterday as the Glenview community works on a campaign to see their mate get back up and running.

The father of two was involved in a head-on on Frizzo Rd at Palmview last Thursday which claimed the lives of an elderly couple.

The impact fractured Mr Stephen's spine in three places.

He was briefly shifted to a vertical position for x-rays yesterday as the Glenview community united to help the family pull through what will be testing weeks and months ahead.

"I got a vertical x-ray done today to determine the impact of the weight of gravity on the spine," Mr Stephen said from Nambour General Hospital.

"They say it's six to eight weeks before you can do anything and up to three months before you can expect to do anything like a normal life, and that's without surgery."

Mr Stephen should learn more today about his short-term future.

He spoke of realising the injuries were more serious than he thought.

"It was actually really scary (being moved vertical)," he said.

"I didn't know if it was going to be like a collapsible fishing rod and something was going to slide down.

"It was then I realised I'm in a bit more trouble than I thought."

The family has been humbled by the random delivery of baked goods, vehicle check-ups and feeding of the farm animals.

Family friend Kirsty McPherson said locals had thrown together a campaign to help ease the pressure, and a fundraising raffle was planned for the end of the month.

Donations of non-perishable food, fuel and shopping vouchers and other items can be made at Glenview State School, which will hold a gold coin-donation free dress day on Friday for the family.

Email wishesforwes@hotmail.com or head to facebook.com/wishesforwes.



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