Life changing tragedy

Alysha Heywood and Jason Kidman with their children Joshua and Alana.             Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Alysha Heywood and Jason Kidman with their children Joshua and Alana. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Jason Kidman, a much loved 36-year-old Tullamore local, brother, son of two small children, father, friend and partner is facing a life as a paraplegic after a tragic incident.

Mr Kidman, was admitted to the Dubbo Hospital recently with acute asthma.

After being treated in a general ward for 11 days his condition worsened and he was given antibiotics for an infection.

His situation took a devastating turn and he is currently recovering for major spinal surgery in Sydney, which has left him a paraplegic, suffering memory loss from brain damage and wheelchair bound for the rest of his life.

"It's not easy for them and Alysha (Jason's wife) needs all the help and support for Jason to come home," Alysha's grandmother, Beryl Whiteman said.

"Alysha is devastated this has happened to their family, as they have always enjoyed an outdoors life, camping, motorbike riding and yabbying."

Mr Kidman's wife Alysha Heywood, their children Joshua and Alanah and family and friends have organised the "Bring Jason Home Appeal" to raise funds for the testing times ahead for the family.

The appeal will be held at the Tullamore Bowling Club on Saturday the August 2 and will feature a chocolate wheel, raffles and auctions.

The Kidman-Heywood family are asking local schools, business and community organisations to consider donating monetary prizes or goods that can be auctioned or raffled.

Donations can be dropped into Tullamore Preschool, Yeoval UPA, GoodStart Early Learning Dubbo or collected by the fundraising committee.

Alternatively monetary donations can be deposited into the Reliance Credit Union account, with the details "Bring Jason Home Appeal", account number 56 422, BSB 802 844.

Any form of assistance is greatly appreciated, Mrs Whiteman said.

"This young family really needs your support, so please dig deep to support this young family in a time of need," she said.


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