DETERMINED: Campbell Miller-Waugh’s positive attitude has made him known as “the CQ rehab star” in Brisbane.
DETERMINED: Campbell Miller-Waugh’s positive attitude has made him known as “the CQ rehab star” in Brisbane. Contributed

Teen has one main goal - to walk again

CAMPBELL Miller-Waugh's life changed on June 7 when he suffered a serious spinal cord injury falling off his bicycle while riding down Mt Archer.

The athletic 16-year-old now uses a wheelchair. But he has one aim - to walk again.

He has finished his first round of rehabilitation and will soon meet with a swim and gym coach regularly to increase his core strength.

"It's an opportunity to prove myself, instead of accepting it and saying 'I'll stay in a wheelchair for the rest of my life'," the determined Year 11 student said.

"I don't see anything as a negative.

"You can't dwell on what's happened. You have to move on from it and pick yourself up.

"That's what I'm trying to do now," he said.

Campbell said using a wheelchair was a completely different way of living.

His positive attitude and determination comes from his parents, Tim and Veronica.

"He's putting his energy into rehab now and in Brisbane he was known as the CQ rehab star," Ms Miller-Waugh said.

She still cannot describe what happened on June 7.

"As a parent, nothing prepares you when you have medical specialists informing you that one of your children has little to no chance of ever walking again.

"Initially we were absolutely devastated, absolutely shattered, but we are a very positive and optimistic family, and we will never give up."

Campbell moved from Gladstone to Rockhampton for school last year.

A 200 Club fundraiser will be held to assist with rehabilitation costs on November 21 at Mick Daly's Boxing Shed.

Tickets are $100 for two people. There will be live entertainment and a multi-draw.

For more information, phone Carmel Miller on 0417 611 083 or Fiona Lowry on 0431 526 332.



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