Through all of this, Drew’s parents Jim and Heather worked tirelessly on his behalf, with Heather acting as a bulwark against a sometimes-intractable medical system, and Jim building the new house. Drew's health stabilized, he stopped having infections, and his body healed.
Drew Cumpson, left a quadraplegic following a body surfing accident in Peru last year, is visited at his room in the intensive care unit at Kingston General Hospital every day by his grandmother, Helen Cameron, who is masked and gowned to prevent any spread of infection. (Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard)
Drew’s neck was broken during a swimming accident in Peru in 2011. He spent the first year and a half after the accident in an intensive care unit (ICU), and a few years after that in a rehabilitation hospital. He is unable to move his arms or legs and is dependent on a ventilator to breathe. He lives at home with his family and works for a company that makes food trucks.
It’s February 25th, 2015, the morning of his surgery. He’s in an intensive care room on the second floor of Toronto Western Hospital. He arrived by air ambulance two days ago from St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston, Ont., where he spends most of his time.