Nearly 10 years after his accident, O’Connor Buckley is excited to start his next chapter in life, flatting with friends. Like most 21 year olds, O’Connor was eager to move out of his parent’s house and gain some independence.
In August of 2008, O’Connor was involved in a motorcycle accident, claiming the life of his dad and resulting in a brain injury. At just 12 years old, O’Connor was fighting for his life. Four and a half years in a wheelchair and 25 surgeries later and he is now able to walk well – despite the doctor’s predictions that he would never walk again. He is working on his speech and communication skills and even entering the work force.
O’Connor has been working part-time at Bay Hobby Supplies and is motivated by earning an income. He also enjoys helping out at Flip Out Trampoline Park and is looking for further paid employment at Countdown this year.
Recently, O’Connor has been studying for his learner’s driver’s license to enable him more freedom and independence. The Brainwaves rehabilitation program in Tauranga is helping him learn the road code to achieve his goals. Mum, Louise, is very excited for O’Connor and proud of what he is achieving, above and beyond expectations.
Watching his siblings move out of home and go flatting, O’Connor knew he wanted to do the same and gain that independence.
Reaching his ultimate goal, O’Connor is now flatting with a friend from high school, Luke and a new friend Tony in Tauranga with help from a caregiver during the weekdays.
O’Connor is working hard to overcome the new challenges that come with the independence of flat life. But mum, says that he’s always been determined and has a very positive attitude, so they’re both confident this new chapter will be another success for O’Connor.
Working, flatting, driving – O’Connor is achieving expectations. These achievements have increased O’Connor’s confidence and he’s excited for what’s next.