Family and community rally behind a young Kyogle man
By JANELLE McLENNAN and LINDSAY SAUNDERS
LIKE most young men his age, Tyson Alcorn, 18, had plenty of dreams.
A talented footballer, he was looking forward to captaining the local under-18s rugby league team.
He was studying at Kyogle High School for his HSC and would then be off to find his own way in the world.
Then, in the blink of an eye, his life and his dreams were shattered.
On January 21, the day after his dad's birthday, the back wheel of his trail bike hit a log while he was riding near Toonumbar Dam, flipping it.
Tyson's neck was broken. He is now a quadriplegic. Medical specialists have told Tyson and his family that he has a less than 1 per cent chance of regaining movement below his neck.
But Tyson, who is now in the spinal unit of the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, has two things in his favour.
He has a family that loves him ? his parents Russell and Marie have been by his side throughout the ordeal and already his mother and her sister are putting in place plans to care for Tyson when he's released from hospital.
And he comes from Kyogle ? a town which looks after its own.
For a young man facing such a situation, Tyson is doing remarkably well, his father Russell said from Brisbane yesterday.
"He has his moments of course and some days he's really down about it all," Russell said.
"But then a mate from school will visit and that bucks him up".
"It has got a little easier as time's gone on ... it was so hard to deal with on the first night when they told us he'd never walk again."
Russell, mum Maree and brother Logan, 11, have all relocated to Brisbane for now.
"We were lucky ? the grandmother of a classmate of Tyson's had a vacant house and has lent it to us for as long as we need it," Russell said.