YOUR STORY: Tristan’s mission to help others
"I WAS travelling 80 kilometres an hour on my motorbike when I fell off and hit a tree stump.
"I was in a coma for six days with a casing bleed to the frontal lobe of my brain.
"I was in the Caboolture Hospital's Critical Care Unit for two weeks before being transferred to the Princess Alexandria' Brain Injury Recovery Unit. It took me a while to get my bearings following the accident and I only remember small things during that time."
Tristan gave overwhelming praise to some of the existing nurses in the Critical Care Unit including Rose Cooper, Pat Andre and Patty Jackson who had helped him years ago.
"These people saved my life. I wouldn't be here today without their help.
"While I don't remember much, I can clearly remember how Brad Dickfos helped me to walk again."
Following his accident, Tristan was able to take his first steps a few weeks after his accident, but the journey to recovery took a further year.
"I returned and finished school in 2006 and got a job at the hospital as an operations support officer in 2007.
"I want to help people the way I was helped.
"I like making people smile, helping out wherever I am needed. It is part of my job to make people happy and smile."
Critical Care Unit nurse unit manager Rose Cooper was one of the staff who took care of Tristan when he was on life support at Caboolture Hospital.
"There was a lot of doubt whether he would wake up," she said.
"I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw him standing in front of me when he began working in the hospital.
"We all smiled when he did so well in his recovery and today we continue to smile as he gives us great joy.
"That boy has a heart of gold."
Tristan has taken many steps since his accident, and is an important part of the patient and family-centred team at Caboolture and Kilcoy Hospitals.
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