Damion Miller broke his C3 / 4 discs in the neck and cut off the spine in a surf accident on Newport Beach
‘Please let Dad stay’: dad, 35, left paralyzed after surfing tragedy and becomes DEPORT despite living in Australia for 20 years – and he should leave his daughter, 5
- Damion Miller went surfing on Newport Beach in northern Sydney in February
- The 35-year-old dived over a wave and broke the C3 and C4 discs in his neck
- Mister Miller became paralyzed from the neck down and was in a wheelchair
- Despite being in Australia since his teens, he is not eligible for the NDIS
- The government said he could stay in the hospital until the coronavirus restrictions were lifted
- Mister Miller should go back to NZ and leave daughter and partner behind
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Damion Miller before his bizarre accident with his partner Celeste and daughter Maddison
A father who is left paralyzed after clipping his neck in a horrific surfing accident faces deportation – and may be forced to leave his young daughter behind.
Damion Miller, 35, was in Newport Beach in north Sydney on February 21 when he dived over a wave breaking the C3 and C4 discs in his neck and cutting his spine.
Due to the bizarre accident, the father of one was paralyzed from the neck down and locked in a wheelchair.
Mr. Miller, who has lived in Australia since his teens, met his partner Celeste and worked six days a week, paid his taxes and mortgaged an apartment.
The Millers thought he would qualify for the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) while the 35-year-old received treatment at Sydney’s North Shore Hospital.
However, a social worker and three doctors soon told him that his NDIS claim was rejected because he was still classified as a New Zealand citizen.
This also meant that Mr. Miller would not be able to get the rehabilitation needed to better face his new life.
Mr. Miller dived over a wave and broke the C3 and C4 discs in his neck and cut his spine. He is now stuck in a wheelchair
Mister Miller was told he can stay in hospital under coronavirus restrictions and fly back to New Zealand leaving behind his daughter Maddison (right) and partner Celeste
With restrictions still in place for the coronavirus, Mr. Miller was given the option to stay in the hospital, but will have to fly back to New Zealand as soon as everything returns to normal.
He said this would separate him from his daughter and that he had a sick mother at home who couldn’t take care of him.
Miller now says the government threatens to divorce him from his daughter, despite living in Australia for almost twenty years.
“It’s hard for a five-year-old to understand, and I don’t know what to say to her,” he said A current affair.
“Let me be a father to her, let me teach her the rights and injustices and watch her grow up.”
His daughter Maddison said “I want him to stay with me” as Mr. Miller tore up next to her.
“The only thing that helps him through the days and nights is to watch his little girl grow up and now they’re trying to take that away from him,” said his partner.
“He lost his whole life and now they tell him he’s going to lose his little girl too.”
Mr. Miller is not eligible for the NDIS because he is still considered a New Zealand citizen (photo kissed his daughter Maddison with partner Celeste)
Devastated by their situation, Ms. Miller contacted her federal MP, Jason Falinski, hoping that Mr. Miller would become an Australian citizen, qualifying him for the NDIS.
“They can’t take a father and his daughter apart, they can’t send him home,” she told the program.
Mr. Falinski offered his full support to the family when they submitted Mr. Miller to become an Australian citizen.
Mr. Miller broke his C3 and C4 discs in the neck and cut his spine in a freak surf accident
“She’s my future, she’s the one I try to be strong for and get through this. I want to reach the stage where we can be a family again, ”said Mr. Miller.
“I don’t want my dad to go back to New Zealand and I want him to stay with me,” said Maddison.
“Every child needs a father in their life, I just can’t accept that they would actually send her father to another country because he had an accident.”
A Give a little page was launched to support the family.