CALVIN Everard, 19 - a Plett Lifesaving stalwart of three years - is in hospital after a motorbike accident on Saturday afternoon, when the driver of a Citi Golf in Church Street failed to notice him riding down the main road and crossed over prematurely, impacting bike and rider squarely on the right-hand side.
Calvin suffered an extremely severe fracture to his right femur. After initially being treated at Knysna Provincial, he was transferred to George Hospital on Sunday, where he was operated on by Monday afternoon.
Although it’s early days yet, one certainty is that Calvin’s recovery will take around four to six months and that he will not be able to work as lifeguard on Plett’s beaches as planned during the coming season and beyond, as has been the case over the past couple of years.
Apart from the extreme pain and trauma suffered by the youngster, loss of earnings is of grave concern - Calvin would have earned around R45,000 over the next five months.
Although medical expenses are minimal due to the fact that he is in the good care of a government hospital, there will be costs relating to medicine, bandages and several remedial treatments, including an extended period of regular physiotherapy, over many months to come.
After a challenging childhood, Calvin has overcome numerous obstacles and today he is a valuable attribute to the local lifesaving community.
Bitou head of Lifesaving Chas Frasier has initiated a fundraising drive to help get Calvin back on his feet, and assist the family with the heavy load of medical costs that await.
Please visit www.plettsurf.org.za to support Calvin’s cause through the Back-a-Buddy crowdfunding drive, or email email@example.com for further information.