Steve and Lisa Cavanagh with their sons, Jared, 9, and Mitch, 12, on the day Mitch started to complain of a sore hip.
Steve and Lisa Cavanagh with their sons, Jared, 9, and Mitch, 12, on the day Mitch started to complain of a sore hip. Photo supplied

Mitch on the long road to recovery

MITCH Cavanagh is home from hospital but has a long road to recovery.

Mitch’s dad Steve Cavanagh, a Tweed Heads firefighter, said his 12-year-old son had stepped up his physiotherapy regime now he was home.

“It is a very involved regime with monthly visits to the outpatients in Brisbane, at home with the physio three times a week and minor physio hourly each day,” Mr Cavanagh said.

“He also has one block of hydro-therapy a day.

“Mitch’s pain will be the last thing to go as he gets better but the physio is about getting his mobility back.

“He is at the stage of recovery that requires intense physiotherapy because if he doesn’t start to get better now he may suffer irreparable tissue degeneration.”

Mitch, who was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome almost five months ago, suffers crippling pain in his left leg and right arm.

“It just started with a sore spot on his hip and went from there in his leg,” Mr Cavanagh said.

“While he was on crutches he bumped his hand and the pain went from his hand, up his arm and to his shoulder.”

Mr Cavanagh said Mitch was starting to show signs of improvement at this critical time.

“All he wants to do is ride his bike and get back on his board,” he said.

Mr Cavanagh said he wanted to thank all the people who had given money and support to his family.

“You can try and think of all these words to say but at the end of the day, thank you is all I can say,” he said.

“It definitely would have been different without all the support and Mitch would not be where he is today with his recovery.”

Tweed Heads emergency services and Tweed Heads Bowls Club will hold Red T-shirt Day this weekend with $1 from every meal to be donated to the Cavanagh family.

Mr Cavanagh said he, his wife Lisa and Mitch’s grandfather would be at the club on Sunday night.



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