Mullum tree climbing champ hit by car overseas, breaks back
A CHAMPION tree climber from Mullumbimby who broke his back after being hit by a car in Singapore, has been released from hospital.
Jamie Boston was in Singapore as part of the Australian team in the Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Championship, where he had placed in the top 10.
He was "rushing" to support his team mates in the final when he was hit by a car.
Friend Kurt Brown, president of the Queensland Arboricultural Association, said Jamie was "one of the shining lights of Australian tree climbing".
He has started a crowdfunding campaign through FundRazr for his "dear friend", with the aim of raising $50,000 for ongoing medical costs.
"Jamie has a fractured spine and will be in a full body cast for some time before he can start the long road to recovery," Mr Brown said on the FundRazr campaign page.
"The money will help with medical bills and just putting food on the table and keeping life going."
Jamie's parents, Mark and Geraldine, and his girlfriend Laura, have all been in Singapore helping Jamie with his recovery.
Jamie was released from hospital over the weekend and is expected to fly back to Australia this week.
On Facebook, Jamie wrote that he was "making good progress" and has started walking.
"The fracture on my spine is stable and I won't need surgery but I'll be in a body cast for six weeks," he wrote.
"I had surgery to release some fluid from my stomach.
"I have torn cartilage in my right shoulder and a few bangs and scrapes all over."
The FundRazr campaign for Jamie has raised more than $4000 in just three days, with donations from family members and the tree climbing community, and an anonymous donation of $500.
"The response and support has been mind blowing," Mr Brown said.