Help a Tasmanian like Logan regain their freedom
“Doctors told us he probably wouldn’t make it…”
Two years ago, Logan Shepperd’s world changed forever after an awful accident left him completely blind. Since then, things have been hard for Logan and his family… You can read his story below, or, listen to it here:
It was early in the morning on Mother’s Day when Logan was found unconscious in a car park. No one knows what happened to him, or what caused the severe damage to his brain that left him fighting for his life.
His mum, Julie, remembers seeing her son in hospital after the accident…
“It was awful… The left side of his head was completely caved in and his face was smashed up. Doctors told us he probably wouldn’t make it…”
Can you imagine being told that your only son might die? And on Mother’s Day?
When Julie opened the door that morning to find a police officer standing there, she was faced with every parent’s worst nightmare when she was told that her son had been hurt. “I had no idea just how bad it was,” Julie says.
Over the next few weeks in the Intensive Care Unit, medical staff worked around the clock, just trying to keep Logan alive.
“We were told it could be months, or even years, before he woke up,” Julie says. “That’s if he ever did…”
But every day, Julie stayed by Logan’s side… hoping for any sign that he was going to recover… that her son was going to be ok. She waited… and waited…
And then, one day, she felt a squeeze on her hand. “When I felt it I just instantly knew that Logan was there… I knew my son was in there.”
But with each step forward, Logan would take two steps back. One of his biggest knockbacks came after he’d undergone cranioplasty surgery to protect the left side of his brain. When Logan woke up, he’d lost all sight in his right eye. Can you imagine how scary that would have been?
And if Logan hadn’t already been through enough, after further surgery he then lost all vision in his left eye, leaving him completely blind.
After 10 months in hospital, 18 trips to surgery and more than his fair share of setbacks, the 21-year-old is finally back home, learning to rebuild his life. He’s had to accept that he will never see again, but he hopes that one day, with a Guide Dog, he can regain his freedom.
By donating to Guide Dogs Tasmania today, you will be helping to ensure every Tasmanian who needs a Guide Dog can get one, including Logan.
Before the accident, Logan was a keen motorcross enthusiast who spent every second of his free time outside on his bike. “That was pretty much all I did,” he says.
These days, Logan tries his best not to get frustrated by the things he can longer do. And despite all that he’s been through, he remains optimistic and is learning to adjust to life without sight.
Julie can see her son improving every day, too. But it doesn’t stop her worrying…
“When I see him approaching a kerb, or any rise, my heart goes into my mouth and I get ready to grab him… I just hate the thought of him having a fall.”
With the help of a white cane, Logan is slowly increasing his mobility in familiar places.
But what he really needs is a Guide Dog.
“I can talk to a dog, but I can’t talk to my cane,” says Logan. “To have the freedom to walk anywhere I want with a Guide Dog would just be great.”
It was at a workshop last year for young, vision impaired Tasmanians that Logan first experienced the life changing power of a Guide Dog. Partnering up with a beautiful black Labrador named Jerry, Logan said “It just felt right”.
“I discovered all these amazing things that a Guide Dog can do for someone who is blind. Things that make life easier, like finding a door, locating a seat and stopping at street kerbs.
“It felt really good to be holding the harness and walking a Guide Dog. From that day, I made it my goal to have a Guide Dog of my own.”
Julie, too, was blown away by how clever Guide Dogs were. She could also see the positive change in her son when he was around a dog like Jerry. “People can be quite apprehensive when they see Logan walking down the street with his cane… People that would once stop and chat to him now just say ‘Hi’ and keep walking,” she says. “I think with a Guide Dog, people are more likely to talk to you, let you know they’re there…
“Having his own Guide Dog would open up so many more opportunities for Logan.”
Logan’s life is so different from the carefree one he was living only two years ago.
That’s why it’s amazing that this year, Logan decided to raise funds to help other Tasmanians just like himself, who desperately need a Guide Dog.
Despite everything he’s been through, Logan wants to make a difference, and has raised over $7,000 towards helping change a life. After all, Logan understands only too well how losing your sight can often mean losing so much more.
Will you join Logan today, in changing the life of a Tasmanian? Your donation today will ensure another Tasmanian can regain their freedom with a Guide Dog. This is truly a wonderful gift to give to someone.
You can make your donation online today or by calling 1800 484 333.