Parents Margaret and Michael Ford receive donations from Kingscliff High students Lily Newton and Kirsty Fuller.
Parents Margaret and Michael Ford receive donations from Kingscliff High students Lily Newton and Kirsty Fuller. Blainey Woodham

Sam Ford unconscious for months

THE Ford family will be celebrating Christmas around their 18-year-old son’s hospital bed.

Sam Ford has not regained full consciousness since he was bashed more than two months ago in Coolangatta.

The Cabarita teenager received head injuries on October 10 when he was punched numerous times in the face.

An 18-year-old Banora Point man has been charged with grievous bodily harm, and assault causing grievous bodily harm following the incident.

Sam’s parents Michael and Margaret Ford said he is now semi-conscious, after being in an induced coma for more than a month.

“He has a very long recovery ahead,” Mrs Ford said.

“He will be in hospital for at least a year and in rehabilitation for two years.”

Sam is currently experiencing some secondary illnesses that are common with his injuries.

Mrs Ford said they savour the positive little steps he makes each week towards recovery.

“He has his eyes open and we can tell from the expressions on his face when we talk to him that he can hear us.

“All the positive energy will pull him through.

“I believe in my heart he’ll pull through.”

The family is asking people to keep Sam in their thoughts and prayers this Christmas.

Mr and Mrs Ford, along with Sam’s brothers Joel and Ryland and friends, have set up a Christmas tree to brighten up Sam’s room at the Gold Coast Hospital.

“We’ve got a little Christmas tree and lots of soft toys and photos everywhere.

“Especially photos of the Kingscliff High School and St Joseph’s College formals.”

Sam was recently transferred from intensive care to the neurological recovery ward but another move could be coming up again soon.

“He’s going to be shifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane or the Ryde Hospital in Sydney,” Mrs Ford said.

Although it would be easier if he was transferred to Brisbane, Mrs Ford said they just want the best for their son.

Sam left Kingscliff High School earlier this year to commence a building apprenticeship with Hutchinson Builders at Tweed Heads, but that did not stop his fellow classmates from helping his family in this time of need.

The graduating Year 12 class donated $1000 from their formal funds to the Ford family.

“We’re just so thankful,” Mrs Ford said.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s support – it’s just amazing.”

Mr Ford added that even complete strangers have contacted them to lend their support and help.

“It’s been incredible,” he said.

St Anthony’s Primary School in Kingscliff, which Sam attended, held a Sam Ford day recently to raise money for the Fords.

And two of his friends, Nogani Moore and Lewis Morosini, have each written songs for Sam and played them at the hospital for him.

“Lewis is a brain injury survivor from three years ago,” Mrs Ford said.

“He came back and finished school and is now at uni.”

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