GoFundMe set up for Perth paraplegic Michael Roberts after horrific kitesurfing accident

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A father-of-five faces an uncertain future after a horrific kitesurfing accident left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down.

Surfer and ocean lover Michael Roberts is ‘crying half his body’ after fracturing his spine in a life-changing accident in Perth a fortnight ago.

The near-tragedy turned her and her family’s life upside down just three months after she married the love of her life.

Friends, colleagues and strangers gathered around Mr Roberts and his new wife, Naomi, who opened up about the heartbreaking toll the accident took on the couple and their five young children.

She paid tribute to her “brave and strong” husband as she updated on his progress while sharing a selfie from his hospital bed.

He was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday to begin his rehabilitation journey.

Michael Roberts (pictured with his wife Naomi and their children) is now paraplegic following a recent freak accident

“We couldn’t be more excited about it. Being here means Michael will begin rehab tailored to his individual needs and one step closer to returning home,’ Ms Roberts wrote in an online fundraiser.

She also paid tribute to her employer Newmount Australia and her workplace, Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, for their continued support during this difficult time.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from so many wonderful people and our employers, which has kept us going through, grieving and most importantly, being together through this difficult time,” said she posted.

Mr. Roberts currently works as a talent management consultant and has extensive experience in the public and private sectors.

Nearly $30,000 has already been raised in two days.

The proceeds raised will be used to upgrade the family home so that it will be accessible to Mr. Roberts when he finally leaves the hospital.

“Overnight our whole life and that of our children were turned upside down,” his wife wrote.

Naomi Roberts (right) shared a hospital bed selfie with her husband of three months

Naomi Roberts (right) shared a hospital bed selfie with her husband of three months

“From being the happiest we’ve ever been as newlyweds three months ago to the uncertain reality we now face.

“Unfortunately, Michael suffered a spinal injury which fractured his spine and damaged his spinal cord, leaving him permanently paralyzed below his chest, as well as much of his fused spine.

“I am grateful every day that my husband is still with us and that our five children still have their father to love and guide them through life.”

Ms Roberts recognized the daunting road ahead and held a glimmer of hope that her husband could walk again.

“I know that together we can overcome anything, and Michael will make the most of the cards that have been dealt to him,” Ms Roberts added.

“He’s so brave and strong, and I couldn’t be prouder to be his wife.”

“Your support would mean so much to our family. It will help us keep our family home and make it accessible for Michael to be as independent as possible.

“It will also help us explore any future technology that may be developed to hopefully one day help it work again.”

Friends and colleagues gathered around Perth's father Michael Roberts (pictured)

Friends and colleagues gathered around Perth’s father Michael Roberts (pictured)

“We are so grateful and overwhelmed by all the support we have received from so many people.

“It brings tears to our eyes knowing that there are so many amazing people in our lives and we can’t wait to be able to say ‘thank you’ to everyone in person one day…thank you all.”

The family has been inundated with messages from well-wishers.

“He is a kind and caring father and husband, 2 of his children are very special in our lives, they are both my children’s best friends since they have been in Kindy,” a friend wrote on Facebook .

“Michael had a very unfortunate accident and is paraplegic, dealing with a huge curveball and has a lot of adjustments to make, not just for himself but for his entire family.”

Naomi Roberts (pictured) still has a glimmer of hope that her husband will one day walk again

Naomi Roberts (pictured) still has a glimmer of hope that her husband will one day walk again

Michael was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday to begin a lengthy rehab

Michael was transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday to begin a lengthy rehab

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