'Hear him wince, cry': Mum's heartache after son's trauma
FOR most, the best place to visit at Agnes Water is the beach. But, for this 23-year-old, having the sand between his toes is a struggle
It's because Matthew Ingram is still battling scars from being hit by a car five years ago.
Now his mum, Natalie, wants to improve his quality of life and give him the chance to be independent and "mobile" by buying him a new electric wheelchair.
While he has surprised doctors by his "miraculous" recovery, the former BMX rider is still coming to terms with his daily struggle to walk and complete everyday activities.
For the first time since Matthew was hit by a car in 2011 she's pleading for the public to help, opening a Go Fund Me page.
"He does have a brain injury from the crash, and that means he doesn't do well in crowds," Natalie said.
More than a year ago they made a green-change, moving from the busy city life in Brisbane to Agnes Water.
Matthew was hit by a car in 2011 when he was riding his BMX in Caboolture.
It left him in hospital for three months, including 17 days in intensive care, and he had three months of rehabilitation.
He has permanent damage to one of his legs and struggles to walk and for two years has been on the organ-donor waiting list for a new bone.
It's unknown how the surgery will go but Natalie hopes a wheelchair will bring her son some quality of life in the meantime.
"It will change his life... it will make a huge difference once he's mobile."
"At the moment to walk outside it's painful, you can hear him wince and cry, he's in so much pain," she said.
If you would like to help get Matthew a new wheelchair, visit gofundme.com/2gz79mn8.