Front-rower now quadriplegic after tackle breaks his neck
JUST six months after Damian Jobson rediscovered his love of rugby league, the father-of-three is facing life as "a complete quadriplegic" after breaking his neck on the field at the weekend.
He is able to breathe on his own, but is unable to speak.
He has no function below his shoulders.
Mr Jobson was a front-rower with the Windale Eagles in Newcastle when his neck was fractured while going in for a tackle against the University of Newcastle team.
His wife Brooke said doctor's confirmed her husband's injuries on Monday night.
"It's hard to say how we feel because we're still in shock and don't believe it," she told the Newcastle Herald.
"I'm sure the time's going to come when it all sinks in.
"Damian can't talk or answer questions but he still has a good idea of what's going on."
The cabinet maker will no longer be able to work, and their home may need to be sold.
An appeal for the family has already raised $20,000 although the long-term expenses could cost millions.
The family may be eligible for some insurance money from Country Rugby League, although the maximum payment is still unclear.