Monday, August 25, 2014

Do as I say not Do as I do...

...was something I said in a workshop I gave last Saturday.

One of the attendees asked about blogging about living persons. My advice was to stick to dead people or blog privately. I am about to ignore my own advice and blog about a family member who is very much alive:

1. Because, as this blog is archived by The National Library of Australia at the  Pandora Archive, this story should remain around for future generations to see.

2. Because I am proud of the achievements of this family member.

Last night on 60 Minutes there was a story about a young footballer, Curtis Landers, who had an injury that was likely to leave him in a wheelchair for life. Sixty Minutes said in their promo:

"Curtis Landers is about as lucky, and as unlucky, as they come. Back in May, the 15-year-old was a rising footy star when a routine tackle went terribly wrong.


Badly dislocating his spine, Curtis was initially diagnosed a complete quadriplegic. His parents were told their boy would never walk again, and even struggle to breathe on his own. The outlook could not have been more bleak.
But there's always hope, and Curtis has defied the odds. On 60 Minutes, it's the feel good story of the year, as Curtis walks out of hospital and back onto the football field to kick a ball with his mates."
Dr Ball at work
Featured on the program was Sydney Neurosurgeon, Dr Jonathon Ball, who is Head of the Neurosurgery Department at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH), it was Dr Ball who operated on Curtis after he was airlifted to the Spinal Unit at RNSH from a country hospital. I know that Dr Ball is knowledgeable, skilled, hardworking, conscientious and modest, what sets him apart is that he is a super kind and caring surgeon who has exceptional empathy with and interest in his patients. 
Dr Ball is interviewed on 60 Minutes
Does that sound like a Mum talking? It is. 

I may be biased but from the comments that have been flyng around on Facebook and Twiitter since the program aired last night I realise that I am not alone in my opinion. Half of Australia must watch 60 Minutes as many folk we know or have known caught this show and have communicated that to us.

During the interview Jonathon said that Curtis was an inspiration - "among the handful of patients who keep you doing what you do".
A Big Hug for Curtis and Jonathon when they meet up after Curtis' rehab
We also think that Jonathon is an inspiration.
For those who missed this story of a young boy's courage and determination it can be viewed here:  http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/60minutes/stories/2014/august/curtis-landers/

17 comments:

Caitlin Gow said...

I watched it this morning! An amazing story. What an inspiration they are - both of them!
You sure must be one very proud Momma right now :D

Julie Goucher said...

A lovely story & sentiment displayed by yor son. You & Mr Geniaus have every right to feel proud.

Jackie van Bergen said...

Yes, every right to be proud.
As for blogging about living people, if the info is in the public domain, as this well and truly is, then there really is no issue.

Crissouli said...

Jill, I only got to watch the full story tonight... so inspiring. You have every right to be proud of Jonathan...I would hope that if one of my family need help, they would be fortunate enough to be in the care of such a capable and empathetic professional.
Stand tall, you have a wonderful son.

Kylie Willison said...

A lovely story and I think he takes after his Mum in this, "what sets him apart is that he is a super kind and caring surgeon who has exceptional empathy with and interest in his patients"

Kerryn Taylor said...

Thanks for the link Jill I didn't see the program.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

I just watched the story via your link. What an emotional story! Congratulations to the proud parents and their skilled son. Curtis's parents must love Dr Ball as much as you do now. But weren't there a lot of heroes in that story, especially Curtis himself with his courage and determination. Great story, Jill, thanks for sharing it with us!

Jill Ball said...

Thanks all for your kind comments. I was nearly going to delete this braggy post today but after reading your comments I will leave it up.

Sharon said...

That is fantastic Jill. It is totally understandable that you are extremely proud of your son (there would be something wrong if you weren't!)

Alex Daw said...

Dear Jill...I finally got to watch this amazing story. You must must must leave this post up. Wow. Such powerful stuff. Thank you so much for sharing this great news story. I see so much of you in your wonderful son!

Janelle Collins said...

Congratulations to you and Mr G for raising such a fine man.

Infolass said...

Dont' delete! A wonderful story and by all means brag! We endeavour to tell the story of our ancestors and relatives through our family history research and there is no reason why our descendants cannot fit into this category too. You must be very proud. Liz

Jana Last said...

Jill,

Congrats! You must be so proud of your amazing son!

I want to let you know that your wonderful blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/08/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-august-29.html

Have a great weekend!

Nancy said...

Wow! You have a son worthy of much praise. Congratulations to him -- and to you for raising him well, Jill.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

A wonderful post! Terrific story (I'm so glad the boy is OK), and what a handsome son you have, he looks like a movie star on the video. He also looks like his Mum and Dad I see a bit of both you in his face. You should feel so proud! Hugs from Vincent and me!

Celia Lewis said...

Oh yes! Bragging about your son is absolutely permitted! Particularly since his exploits are already public, Jill. Congratulations and gold stars all around!

Jane Taubman said...

Wonderful story, you have every right to be proud.

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