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Makiita's story

 

In a moment your world can change. In 2012 it did just that for Makiita and her family.
While driving to school Makiita only remembers stopping at a T-intersection
and seeing a truck indicating to turn.
Unfortunately for the 17 year old, the truck didn't turn - it T-boned her car at speed.

 

The accident

While Makiita doesn’t recall much, her father certainly can. Ross, a policeman of 20 years, was at the Inverell police station when a road accident job came over the radio. He looked at the time and thought it was the same time that Makiita would be heading to school. Immediately, he had that terrible feeling.

Approaching the crash site, Ross saw it was his daughter’s smashed car and his worst fears became a reality. He found Makiita trapped in the car and unconscious.

“She was very, very, very pale”, he said. Rescue crews worked for 40 minutes and then she was transported in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to John Hunter Hospital. Makiita was in a critical condition. She'd sustained a brain injury, collapsed lung as well as spinal and pelvis fractures.

Recovery

It was then that icare lifetime care stepped in to be there for Makiita and her family. Despite being a policeman with many years’ experience, Ross was unaware of what icare lifetime care did for people severely injured on NSW roads. Makiita’s icare lifetime care coordinator met with her and her family to help with her application to the Scheme and to liaise with the case manager at the brain injury service unit to set up services.  

Makiita needed a range of different rehabilitation services, education supports, equipment and care to support her in her on-going recovery and rehabilitation. 

"i don’t know exactly what my future will hold, or what my future will be…"

Makiita continues to be supported by Jo, her case manager, in Port Macquarie (funded by icare lifetime care).  They work together to identify and arrange what she needs to help her achieve her goals such as living independently, going to University and studying. Makiita hopes to follow her father’s footsteps into the police force, to protect and serve the community.

Makiita is still recovering and regaining her independence. icare will be there for Makiita, for life. 

icare lifetime care supports over 1,100 people severely injured in motor accidents in NSW.

find out more about icare lifetime care

Phone: 1300 738 586 or email enquiries.lifetimecare@icare.nsw.gov.au 

Participants and carers can find more information about how the scheme works, planning for support and choosing providers.

There are other organisations that can also provide support to injured people and their carers

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