On a recent visit to the Royal Rehab, Putney by Northern Sydney Welfare Officers Fred Jackson, Norm Pounder and Ken Vessey they had the pleasure to catch up with Vincent Bond from Wee Waa.
Vincent told them that he had been at the Royal Rehab for about 3 months and before that he was a patient in the Spinal Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney from December 2014.
He told how he accidently fell from a wall near a dry river bed, landing on some rocks, suffering severe spinal injuries that have rendered him a paraplegic and admitted if the river had been full of water he more than likely would have drowned. Since being at Royal Rehab and undergoing rehab treatment he had gained greater movement in his hands.
Vincent had played rugby league in the Group 4 Country competition for Wee Waa Panthers Rugby League Football Club as a front rower and he was a keen supporter of the NRL Canberra Raiders whilst his two daughters supported the Parramatta Eels and son the West Tigers. When asked who he believed were the best NRL player, he answered without hesitation “GI” Greg Inglis closely followed by Johnathon Thurston.
We presented Vincent with a Men of League polo shirt and cap and wished continued success in his rehab treatment. He thanked us for our gifts and especially our visit to see him. It is our intention to see Vincent again when we make another of our regular visits to the Royal Rehab, Putney.