Tristan Sik recovering after an intense workout at the Rainbow Beach gym with mum Carolyn Elder.
Tristan Sik recovering after an intense workout at the Rainbow Beach gym with mum Carolyn Elder. Renee Albrecht

'Never giving up': Tristan defies the odds

RAINBOW Beach teenager Tristan Sik is inspiring everyone who meets him, defying the odds in his miraculous recovery.

Tristan suffered a severe brain injury when he was struck by a car while riding his push bike at Rainbow Beach last July.

The blow also broke his collarbone, pelvis, lower left leg and right eye socket.

He was airlifted to Brisbane and spent months in intensive care, where, following a number of operations, the only answers doctors could give his family was to turn off his life support. But his mother Carolyn Elder, who was at his bedside for months, refused to accept a fate she knew was not for her child.

 

Tristan Sik recovering after an intense workout at the Rainbow Beach gym.
Tristan Sik recovering after an intense workout at the Rainbow Beach gym. Renee Albrecht

Now the 14-year-old has moved back home and through intense physiotherapy and constant family care is defying medical expectations.

"Giving up was never an option," she said of his critical time in Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital.

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"I'm just so proud and I'm so confident that he will get there," she said.

Now at home, surrounded by his parents, three younger siblings and friends, Mrs Elder said they can safely push his limitations without the restrictions of the hospital.

"We're grateful for every day - no matter how hard it gets or how tired we are," she said.

 

Tristan Sik recovering after an intense workout at the Rainbow Beach gym with mum Carolyn Elder.
Tristan Sik recovering after an intense workout at the Rainbow Beach gym with mum Carolyn Elder. Renee Albrecht

The former Victory College student has reached major milestones in his development including supporting his own head, initiating rolling over and walking assisted in the pool.

Tristan's physiotherapist Sue Bennett, who has worked with the teen since he left hospital, has been blown away by her patient's progress since December.

"The level of achievement that we've got in six weeks, is what you would expect in six months," she said. "He's surprising all of us."

The experienced therapist said the determined teen was functioning at a highly cognitive level, but the next 18 months of Tristan's progress are now critical for his lifelong development.

"Tristan is 100 per cent connecting with the people around him.

"He understands everything I ask of him - he's just got to learn how to do it again."

She said his incredible progress can be put down to the boy's determination, backed by his family's support.

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