A YOUNG beachgoer has been paralysed from the neck down in a freak accident.
Talented footballer and cricket player Callum Jones, 20, was with friends when he tripped as he ran into the sea and landed head first in Wales.
Callum Jones, 20, from Pennar, Pembroke Dock who is paralysed from the neck down after tripping at Freshwater East beachCredit: Media Wales
Callum with his mum JoannaCredit: Media Wales
He was laying face-down in the water and when friends turned him over he said “help me”.
The apprentice welder has since undergone an eight-hour operation after the freak accident at Freshwater East beach, near Tenby in Pembrokeshire.
But his family say it will take a miracle if sporty Callum is to walk again.
‘HE CRACKED HIS NECK’
Family friend Katie Jones said Callum, of Pennar, Pembs, had gone to the beach with friends after cricket training when the tragedy happened.
She said: “Callum tripped over a stone, landing face down in the water.”
She added: “The boys noticed he was laying face down in the water and floating, and not responding.
“One of the younger boys went over and turned him over and Callum said ‘help me’.
“He’d cracked his neck on an underwater rock and couldn’t move.”
Callum broke his C5 vertebrae and was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he is in an induced coma.
He had a section of his hip bone removed in an attempt to rebuild his broken neck but the damage to his spinal cord means Callum has no movement from the neck down.
Katie has set up a fundraiser to help Callum’s family, saying he was “the golden boy” of the family.
She said: “They are such a close family and they are devastated, as is everyone who knows Callum.
“His life has changed in the blink of an eye. We are praying for a miracle. They are going to need all the help they can in the future.”
Callum Jones, 20, from Pennar, Pembroke Dock, and his partner PheobeCredit: Media Wales