Appeal launched as local man is left paralysed after bike accident


A fundraising appeal has been launched for an Addingham man who has been left with sever spinal injuries following a bike accident earlier this year.


Jaime Lunn came off his mountain bike on the moor in April and suffered sever spinal injuries leaving him paralysed. He spent 7 months in hospital, which during lockdown meant he could rarely see his family. He come home three weeks ago, but the new house they are in is not fit for the new life they live and needs serious modifications just to allow the family to be together and make the most of the time they spend together.


With the help of friends and family Jaime has recorded and posted a video (below) and has written on Facebook about his injuries and the challenges facing him and his family:


"228 days ago I suffered a significant and life changing spinal injury at C6 level. A tetraplegic. This means I no longer have sensation below my chest, it also means that I'm pysedaral, that my hands no longer have the ability to pick things up with opposable thumbs, that I no longer have bladder and bowel control. My body can't regulate its temperature which means I struggle with hands and arms that feel as cold as ice while the rest of me is hot. I have significantly reduced lung capacity and can struggle for hours to cough up the smallest amount of liquid that gets onto my chest. With this type of injury I'm also at high risk from autonomic dysreflexia. It causes extreme hypertension and can lead to cerebral haemorrhage and death.


"I spent seven months in hospital during one of the most challenging times for the NHS. Staffing levels were often critically low, many of the therapeutic and additional services were reduced or no longer available and I understand my rehab