Home for Christmas – dad paralysed in freak stag do accident returns home – Chronicle Live
A doting dad left paralysed by a freak accident abroad on a stag do has returned home for Christmas.
Keith Dungait, from Morpeth, had to fight for his life after diving into a swimming pool and hitting his head on the bottom shortly arriving on the Spanish island of Majorca on July 5.
The 42-year-old suffered “life-changing” injuries including multiple fractures to his neck, and was flown to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital to continue his rehabilitation.
Now, doting dad-of-two Keith is back home with sons Ronnie, 8, and Macaulay, 5, to continue his recovery.
Wife Christina said: “It’s lush having him home for Christmas. The boys have been so excited.
“Mentally for Keith, it’s been counting down the days to coming home.”
The road back home for Keith has been a long one punctuated by several setbacks.
Friends dragged the 42-year-old, who works in distribution and recruitment for Herbalife, from the pool after the accident and rushed him to hospital.
Keith spent a fortnight in Son Espases Hospital in Majorca’s capital Palma before being flown back to the UK in July.
Despite making progress in his recovery, medics remain unclear whether the dad-of-two will ever be able to walk again.
Mammographer Christina, 39, said: “It was about three months ago he started being able to move his big toe, and from there he could start moving his legs.
“The physios have been standing him up, and he is starting to get a bit more sturdy once he is on his feet.
“But we don’t know if he will be able to walk again. They are still a bit guarded with what he’ll be able to do.”
Keith was originally due to return to Morpeth on November 22, but a series of infections and illnesses resulted in the date being pushed back.
Medics have also indicated the 42-year-old could be readmitted to hospital in the future dependent on his rehabilitation progress.
Christina described the last five months as a ‘roller coaster’ for the family, and says despite her husband’s progress they are all still taking it one day at a time.
She said: “I can’t believe it’s just been five months.
“I do sit back sometimes and still think this has not actually happened. You have to take each day a step at a time.
“You just have to deal with it and the kids help with that.”
Loved ones rallied in the aftermath of Keith’s accident to fundraise to support the family during his recovery.
The JustGiving page setup by Keith’s work colleagues raised more than £81,000 in a matter of months.
The money was used to help fly Keith back to the UK, and has recently helped Christina buy a van which is accessible for Keith.
More than 2,000 donations flooded in to the page, and Christina says the family remain overwhelmed by the generosity they have been shown.
She finished: “Each time we have come up against something, someone has come to help.
“It’s just been incredible and overwhelming, and the support is still coming in.
“The number of people who has come forward has been unbelievable. Keith can not believe it.”