Unbelievable accident that injured a triathlete sparks social media campaign
It's taken up on social media as a campaign to encourage people to exercise their bodies in honor of a great triathlete who was injured in a training accident.
Alexa Leary, a world junior title holder, went out for her customary Saturday morning bike ride when she was stopped by a police officer.
On one of their rides, she clipped the wheel of one of the bikes in front of her and slid into traffic.
Father Russell was 15 minutes behind them on his bike, and he ended up riding into the accident scene on his bike.
"Seeing the ambulance pass by was unsettling, like if I'd ridden into a movie that hasn't ended. In a way, it's just a giant bubble, and it was horrible. Yeah, it was horrendous "Russell told A Current Affair that he was in a bad mood.
As a result of the serious head trauma, Lex was unable to speak for
Emergency brain surgery was performed in Brisbane after she was flown in by air ambulance from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
More than a week later, Lex was still on life support, and her family remained steadfastly at her side.
"Unfortunately, when you leave, your hope is that she will be alive when you return the next day. "What the hell is going on?"" This is what her mother told her:
At first, Lex was unable to speak or even open her eyes when she finally awoke.
Even her paralyzed right side, which was paralyzed until just a few days ago, has begun to move again after seven weeks.
Lex's life-saving surgery was conducted by neurosurgeon Dr. Norman Ma and his team the night she was brought in.
He believes that her history as an exceptional athlete has played a vital role in her recuperation.
'People are always surprising us,' said Dr. Ma.
In the last few months, Lex has been growing in both strength and awareness of her surroundings.
However, the power of music is helping her regain her memory.
Her pals may not know where she is, but she will immediately start singing when they play a song for her.
A Move for Lex Instagram page was set up by Lex's family as a way to keep friends and family updated on her development.
But now, with tens of thousands of followers, the page has evolved into a movement to inspire.
"Why don't you move?" This is what he said,
Lex's family, music great Jimmy Barnes, and sports stars are all featured in daily videos.
As soon as he heard about it from his hospital bed, NRL player Andrew Fafita got involved.
In order to demonstrate his support, he walked up to Lex's room and shook his hand.
In an effort to collect money for the brain injury unit at the Royal Brisbane Women's and Children's Hospital, Move for Lex shirts and hats have been created.
We're trying to figure out where the money will go, but it will go to the hospital. "It was never about the money, and then people started putting money up and we believe it's had to go back to the hospital," Russell added.
After months of recuperation, Lex still has a long way to go.
Social media's influence, and the thousands of posts every day from individuals "moving for Lex", provide her with all the motivation she needs.