Man paralyzed after tubing accident rehabilitates with a smile

Gavin Maloney dove off the dock at his family's campsite in North Bay when his life changed in a matter of seconds.

He dove into an inner tube, and his hips got caught, pulling him to the bottom of the lake where he hit the back of his neck and fractured several vertebrae.

His family heard his cry for help, and his cousin immediately jumped in.

"She was in her last year of physical therapy, so she was able to know exactly what to do to stabilize his neck," his mother Sandy Maloney said.

For the past four months, Gavin has been rehabilitating at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

Everyday activities that used to take fifteen minutes for Gavin, now they take him around two hours.

"Just being able to get out of bed, go to the bathroom, taking a shower getting into the car," Gavin said.

Gavin was just discharged earlier this week but will continue at an outpatient center through Spaulding.

He and his long-time friend are in the process of moving into a wheelchair accessible apartment.

"It's difficult, but we're making it through with God's love for us and watching over us and everybody out there praying for us," Sandy said.

The family will be holding a fundraiser for Gavin Sunday, Nov. 10, at Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville. It will start at 2:00 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m.

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