The father of an aspiring Olympic cyclist who was left in a wheelchair after a freak accident has thanked supporters as fundraising hits a major milestone.
Last month, Jasmine McGough was left with a badly damaged spinal cord following a cycling accident in the Margaret River area.
Her father, Leon, told The West Australian that Jasmine will be transferred to Perth Children’s Hospital next week.
“She’s doing well, she’s way ahead of what they expected of her… her functionality hasn’t changed (but) there are a few more milestones that we hope she will hit,” he said. -he declares.
“We have better days now, there are these improvements that we achieve every day…we want that to continue.”
Mr McGough said he was happy that Jasmine was surrounded by other children her age who were going through similar experiences.
“There’s still a lot she probably doesn’t understand about her injuries…I’m really proud of her and how she handled it all. She’s handling it as best she can,” he said.
News of his improvement comes as the GoFundMe account created by his friends and family hit nearly $190,000.
But it’s not just strangers who have dug deep to support the 14-year-old, two cricketing legends have also been touched by her story.
In an update posted on the GoFundMe page, organizer Kathryn Preston revealed that Justin Langer and Steven Smith have contacted the family.
“When we arrived at the hospital I received a video message from none other than Justin Langer who had very kind words for Jas,” the post read.
“He signed some cricket gear with Steve Smith to donate at the fundraiser. Totally blown away again by this support.
“We have been overwhelmed with the support…We have an amazing family and close network of friends…Every day we are blown away by someone’s story with someone doing something remarkable (to raise money for Jas)…it’s amazing.”
Ms McGough fell off her mountain bike, fracturing her C5 vertebra while on a family holiday in July.
She was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital for emergency surgery to remove pressure from her injured spinal cord.
Despite the great efforts of medical personnel, her injuries were too severe and she suffered a complete C5 spinal cord injury as a result of the accident.
The teenager was chosen to join the WAIS talent identification scheme in 2021 before representing Western Australia at the National Junior Track Cycling Championships in Brisbane earlier this year, where she won gold medals , silver and bronze.
Her family said she had a brilliant cycling career ahead of her and dreamed of competing in the Brisbane Olympics in 2032.