Haydn Clasby - Recovery Fund - Paypal donation
In the last few seconds of the last round on the Saturday 12th December, Haydn Clasby from Submission Martial Arts (NZ) suffered a serious injury to his neck. This injury was sustained in a controlled BJJ environment and was a freak accident.
Haydn broke one of his vertebrae in his neck and damaged his C5, C6, C7, he is paralysed from the shoulders down at present. At the end of this week they will operate and put a plate into his neck.
At the moment the Doctors are providing worst-case scenario information to us, but due to the complexity of the injury it is going to be a wait and see. So as we all sit here with all our fingers and toes crossed, the initiative has been taken and an account has been opened in Haydn’s name at Kiwi Bank.
The aim of this account is to provide funds towards the costs of Haydn’s recovery and to help his partner Gen and family as they take extensive time off work to support Haydn during his recovery.
Any contribution no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.
Following are the account details for anyone wanting to contribute.
Haydn Recovery – M E McDonald
38 9000 0109787 02
Due to an overwhelming response from our friends and BJJ brothers and sisters in Australia and around the world, a pay pal donation account has been set up. This will allow people from outside New Zealand, who wish to contribute to Haydns recovery fund, the ability to donate via Credit Card online.
Payments will be made to "GSW Martial Arts" and will be transferred to the New Zealand account for Haydn and his family.
Thank you so very much to everyone for your concerns and wishes.
BJJ Black Belt
* Please note: Haydn is not a student of mine, I have just set up this page to help spread the word and offer assistance to his recovery
A message from Haydn
Here are some FAQ's posted on Haydn's Facebook support page: http://www.facebook.com/HaydnClasby
Q. How did Haydn hurt his neck?
A. At jiu jitsu (a type of martial art) training, Haydn was rolling with a buddy and had his legs around his buddy's neck. He then slipped from a decent height and hit the back of his head, causing his neck to hyper flex and two of the bones to break and compress his spinal cord.
Q. When did this happen?
A. Around 12pm on Saturday the 12th of December 2009
Q. What level vertebrae (in the spine) did Haydn break?
A. Two cervical vertebrae - the 4th and 5th (C4/5) were fractured/subluxed/dislocated.
Q. What operations has Haydn had?
A. On the 12th December (day of injury) Haydn had a procedure to realign the bones in his neck so that his spinal cord was no longer being compressed. This procedure involved putting what is called a 'halo traction' onto his head. This is a metal ring which is attached to weights (approx 36kg) that hang off the edge of the bed to keep his neck on stretch and in the correct alignment. On Friday the 18th of December, Haydn had surgery to fixate the two vertebrae in his neck so that the halo traction could be removed. This surgery involved taking a tiny piece of Haydn's hip bone and making him a new intervertebral disc, as well as inserting a titanium plate to hold the bones steady while they heal. Since this surgery, Haydn has been able to sit up in bed and we are hoping that he may be able to go for a wheelchair ride over the next few days.
Q. What is Haydn's current level of function?
A. Currently Haydn has an incomplete spinal cord injury (ASIA level B) which basically means that he has minimal muscle power below the shoulders except for on his left side where he has a bit more arm movement. We are thinking that over the next few weeks this will improve some more. Sensation wise, Haydn can feel touch down to his wrists on both sides and on his upper chest :) We think that this too will improve! In regards to Haydn's breathing, he hasn't got the use of his intercostal muscles (which help to move the rib cage) or his abdominal muscles (which are needed for coughing) so although he is not on a ventilator and he is breathing fine, they are not big breaths. His diaphragm is getting stronger already though!!
Q. How is Haydn feeling?
A. I can't really answer this for him but subjectively he seems to be much happier already (day 4). The first few days were rough but Haydn has such a huge amount of love and support around him and it's really helping to increase his mood and motivation. He was smiling all day today :)
As of Monday 21st December, Haydn has been much better and is almost ready for visitors. The only real trouble we have had is getting him to have a decent sleep!! However, a sleeping pill was swallowed tonight and has resulted in snoring and sleep-talking -YAY!!!
Q. Can we visit Haydn yet?
A. Haydn isn't ready for visitors just yet (hopefully after he's caught up on some sleep he will be) but I have been passing on all messages and he has also been read out the FB messages we have received. When he does finally feel up to visitors we just ask that no sick people come in because he is at an increased risk of chest infection, and also that visits are kept shortish so that he doesn't get worn out - there's lots of rehab to come soon!
Q. What can we do to help?
A. We have had so many offers of help and many amazing people have given donations to Haydn's recovery fund. Any messages of support will aid in Haydn's recovery but if you want to contribute to the recovery fund that Haydn's amazing jiu jitsu teammates have set up, here's the link: http://www.gsw.co.nz/haydn.html
Q. What's the next step?
A. Haydn will head to the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (Otara) within the next few weeks to start his intensive rehabilitation program. He will live at the unit for 3-5 months until he's all rehabbed out and is ready to go home :)
Q. How is Haydn's family doing?
A. Amazing! Everyone is super tough around here, especially with all this support! Thanks again :D