‘He has to be here for the baby’: Partner of dad-to-be, 27, who might never walk again recalls the moment she learned of horror motorbike accident that almost killed him
- Nathan Foote fell off his motorbike from a height while driving on sand dunes
- He injured his spine and may never walk again because of the accident
- Mr Foote’s pregnant girlfriend Shelly Manser recalled the moment she found out
The pregnant partner of a man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident has told of her anxious wait for information after his horrific crash.
Shelly Manser’s boyfriend Nathan Foote came off his bike while riding in the sand dunes of Canunda National Park, in South Australia, with his friends.
The 27-year-old broke his ribs, collarbone, nose and femur as well as having punctured his lungs and a severe spinal injury – he was told he may never walk again.
Shelly Manser’s partner Nathan Foote (pictured together) came off his bike from a great height while riding in the sand dunes of Canunda National Park, in South Australia, with a couple of his friends
‘His dad rang and told me he’s [Nathan] had an accident and he’s fine,’ Ms Manser told The Advertiser.
‘I assumed it was a broken leg but as the hours ticked by I remembered saying to my stepmum that he has to be here for the baby.’
The horrific accident happened on March 30, 2019, and Nathan was forced to lay in the sand dunes for six hours surrounded by his friends and ambulance until he could be taken to hospital.
Mr Foote was in a coma as Royal Adelaide Hospital surgeons began a spinal operation.
‘After surgery, my parents were notified that the outcome of Nathan walking again was slim due to the damage sustained to the nerves in his spine,’ Mr Foote’s sister Jessie said on a Go Fund Me page.
‘The next day, they then set out to repair the other damage, adding plates to support other breaks.’
The horrific accident happened on March 30, 2019, and Nathan was forced to lay in the sand dunes for six hours surrounded by his friends and ambulance until he could be taken to hospital. Pictured: Canunda National Park
Mr Foote eventually woke up from his coma and is now getting ready to be moved to Hampstead Hospital for a three-month stay, which is where he’ll begin physical therapy.
Ms Manser said in the month that has passed since his accident he has come far and everyone is impressed with the ‘larrikin’s’ progress.
Ms Manser, who is due to give birth in August, has temporarily moved to Adelaide to be with Mr Foote, who is currently unable to work.