Boy, 16, desperate to face the odds and run again after breaking his back in a dirt bike crash, recalls the feeling of ‘electric shock’ pulling through his body before he was left paralyzed
- Noah Cosby, 16, private physical therapy fundraiser after a horror crash
- Teen broke back in two places after falling 40 feet off the slope at grandparents’ ranch
- Student has vowed to walk again despite his injuries that left him in a wheelchair
- Noah’s dad Ben, 45, says the couple ‘won’t stop’ until his son can walk again
A 16-year-old who was left paralyzed after a gruesome dirt bike crash has vowed to walk again despite his injuries.
Noah Cosby is raising money for private physical therapy after breaking his back in two places after falling 40 feet off a slope at his grandparents’ farm in Hertfordshire in March.
The brave teen underwent six-hour emergency spinal surgery, with doctors later revealing that he was paralyzed from the chest down and is currently receiving three hours of physical therapy a week.
Noah’s dad Ben, 45, who appears on This Morning today, says the family ‘won’t stop’ until his son walks again ‘- revealing that even after the terrifying crash, Noah told his dad he was determined to’ fix himself ‘. ‘.
“As soon as I fell, I thought,” Okay, I crossed this, “and as soon as I hit the ground, it felt like an electric shock from where the injury ran down my leg.”
Noah, who has been awarded a scholarship for his place at the prestigious Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, remembers crossing a landing while practicing with friends on the farm.
‘It was the day I would go back to boarding school after the lockdown. The weather was great and I wanted to take the opportunity to drive, ”he said. “I shot over the jump, landed way too deep and the impact came through me and just broke my back.”
Noah didn’t lose consciousness during the whole painful ordeal, but Ben said his son remained positive and was determined to walk again from the start.
The brave teen, pictured on his dirt bike, underwent six-hour emergency spinal surgery during which doctors later revealed he was paralyzed from the chest down.
Noah Cosby, pictured with father Ben, raises money for private physical therapy after fracturing his back in two places after falling 40 feet from a slope at his grandparents’ farm in Hertfordshire in March
His first words to me were, “Daddy, I’m fine, I just need time to heal myself, I’ll be fine.” That was our first clinging to in what has become a horrible few months. ‘
Noah said the crash was “ pretty scary, ” but “ knew it was going to be okay, ” and the teen needed intensive surgery with two titanium rods and nine screws to stabilize his T6 and T7 vertebrae.
Ben said his son had “essentially stretched his spinal cord,” explaining that when your spine goes into shock, he “gets really angry and shuts off your internal organs.”
He said that Noah’s vital organs ‘fell asleep’ and that getting his son’s body back to work was a ‘tremendous challenge’, which took place ‘slowly but surely’ over the course of a few weeks.
He said: ‘This is the moment when I first became acquainted with a wheelchair, an everyday and that has been an enormous experience, I started with physio, how much I have to work with.’
Noah told Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that the crash was “pretty scary,” but “knew it was going to be okay,” and the teenager needed intensive surgery with two titanium rods and nine screws.
Noah is currently in Stoke Mandeville, where he gets three hours of physical therapy a week, but the teen says he needs about five hours a day to progress with walking.
Noah is currently in Stoke Mandeville, where he gets three hours of physical therapy a week, but the teen says he needs about five hours a day to make substantial progress in walking.
“We absolutely love the physio we have here,” said Ben. “The three hours she gives us just changes Noah’s day.”
He said that Noah is making slow but steady progress, moving his toe during a session: “Things like that make me burst into tears. It’s been such an emotional rollercoaster, it has to be pushed, it wants to be pushed. ‘
When we’re fired from Stoke Mandeville – Noah seems to be racing through the track – we want to run.
“If there’s a great facility in New York, we’ll send it there, if there’s a place in Leeds or Hull we’ll go there. We won’t stop until Noah walks again. ‘
You can donate to Noah’s campaign here.