Sam Ford with mum Margaret Ford on his release from Murwillumbah District Hospital.
Sam Ford with mum Margaret Ford on his release from Murwillumbah District Hospital. Scott Powick

Excitement as Sam allowed home

THE Ford family started the next chapter of their life full of smiles and tears of joy yesterday.

Nineteen-year-old Sam was beaming as his parents Margaret and Mike and brothers arrived to take him home from Murwillumbah hospital.

Sam sustained brain damage after being king-hit in Coolangatta in October 2009 and has spent the past 18 months in hospitals.

“We believe that he will improve quicker once home,” Sam’s mother Margaret Ford said.

“He has just loved his weekend stays so much, and when we told him that he was coming home a little earlier than planned, on my birthday, he was excited and each night we counted down the days left.

“He has had a smile from ear to ear since he found out.”

Sam’s homecoming was a triple celebration with his parents also celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary on Wednesday and Mrs Ford’s 50th birthday yesterday.

“It is the best present I could ask for,” she said.

There was not a dry eye as Sam sang happy birthday to his mum, something he had been practising for weeks.

“Mike has finished work now and he will take on the job as Sam’s full-time carer and I will continue to work,” Mrs Ford said.

“Mike is absolutely amazing with Sam and keeps him laughing and happy all the time; it is just amazing to see, it makes you cry.”

The Fords’ Cabarita home needed major renovations to accommodate Sam, including a lift.

“All the home alterations are done, we have a rehab gym room that has been built by Hutchinson Builders with a lot of local business donating their time and product to help out with concreting, bricklaying, roofing, screens, landscaping, electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning and more.

“We would like to thank Hutchinson Builders, all the businesses that helped with the Bring Sam Home Project, the local community for all their fundraising especially Colleen and Jack McArdle, Sharon and Steve Hails and families for the barefoot bowls day fundraiser, Steve Ashburn and friends for the new treadmill they bought for Sam and every- one else who has helped bring Sam home.

“And of course the nurses and doctors from Murwillumbah hospital.”

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