Town helps Renee look to future with donations
THERE aren't any flowers on Renee Napier's bedside.
But after the Nebo mother-of-four was paralysed in a car crash on Sunday, people of the region decided it would take more than just a floral gesture to help her devastated family.
It was about 3.30pm driving on the Mirani-Eton Rd with three of her four children when the crash occurred.
The car rolled twice.
While the children had cuts and bruises, Renee's neck was broken and dislocated.
Her partner Jordan Pugh was travelling in another car with their eldest son, as the family travelled back to Nebo.
They had just spent five days in hospital, with their youngest daughter battling an infection.
"Renee had just wanted to get home, have a shower and put her feet up," Jordan said.
"I panicked a bit when she didn't arrive at the intersection we'd agreed to meet at.
"When I then got a phone call from an anonymous number, my heart dropped."
Renee was flown to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital on Sunday evening and went into surgery Monday morning.
Her C6 and C7 vertebrae, sections of the neck where nerves control limb movement, were fractured.
"At the moment she can move limbs from the shoulder up," Mr Pugh said.
"But she's a fighter. Her brain is still sharp and she's breathing on her own.
"I think she'll be blown away when she sees all the support she's received."
That support has arrived via donations made through a gofundme webpage, called Renee's Medical Fund.
It can be found through the Facebook page Reach out for Renee.
"The problem was flowers might contaminate the ward. They aren't allowed in the ICU," Mr Pugh said.
"That's when family decided they'd set up a Facebook page, so people could donate if they want.
"All the money is going to go wholly and solely to Renee and the kids, we don't know what expenses they will incur just yet."
In two days, it has already raised $9920.
"It's just been amazing. These people just blow me away," Mr Pugh said.
While he didn't know what the future held, he wanted to thank Nebo and emergency services for their help.
"It's heartbreaking, because Renee is the type of person who always does things for everyone else," he said.
"She was looking forward to breaking in horses and having time to herself after we moved to Nebo.
"It's an awesome community and they've helped so much, looking after her horses and dog."
Mr Pugh said the four children were all okay, and looking forward to visiting their mum soon.
Despite the circumstances, Renee's mum Astrid was touched by people's kindness.
"I can't wait for Renee to see the Facebook page."
Witnesses to crash sought
Police are still appealing for witnesses in relation to the single vehicle traffic crash at Mia Mia that left Renee Napier paralysed.
Initial investigations indicate about 3.30pm Sunday a 4WD travelling west on Mirani-Eton Road left the road and rolled.
Police investigating the crash are urging anyone who was driving on the road between 3-4pm that day to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Show of support
See Reach out for Renee on Facebook.
Find the link to Renee's Medical Fund.