A GREAT WEEK FOR RICHARD
By ADRIAN MILLER
IT'S BEEN a great week for Richard Allen. Not only has the paralysed rugby player regained some feeling and movement in his arms and shoulders, he's been able to sit up in a wheelchair. He's now able to drink liquids and yesterday he used the rehabilitation gym at the Princess Alexandra Hospital for the first time.
Wife Kylie said Richard's progress had been amazing. "We didn't think he'd be going to the gym until next week," she said.
"We're excited about the use of his biceps and shoulders so he's working on those to increase his mobility."
Also thrilling the couple is Richard's ability to take liquids ? for the first time since his accident almost a month ago.
And it's perfect timing. Richard will receive his first deliveries of his favourite fruit juice, "Fresh Up", this weekend after Beryl and John's Drive Through Store owner Samantha Virtue and Byron Bay's Pam Scarborough donated cartons to him after reading about his love of the drink in last Friday's Northern Star.
And it's not just fruit drink being donated to Richard, with a fundraiser last weekend in Bangalow raising over $30,000.
"It exceeded our hopes and just blew our minds, it's amazing," Kylie said
But while it's a fantastic start, there's still a long way to go.
"This morning I was having a look at a mobility vehicle. I thought it would cost about $15,000 but they start around $80,000," Kylie said.
Yesterday afternoon that was forgotten when Richard was visited by his beloved pet dog, Star. "She's his pride and joy," Kylie said.