Generous donations save Luke Reinbott’s life
A BROTHER'S love and a community's generous spirit have helped a young man get the surgery he needs to save his life.
Luke Reinbott has arrived in the United States with parents Paul and Judy where he is expected to undergo surgery this morning to remove a filter causing the traumatic brain injury survivor excruciating pain.
But the surgery has only been made possible through the generosity of the community after Luke's brother Nathan Reinbott kick-started an ambitious fundraising campaign in The Chronicle.
More than $130,000 was needed to get the trio overseas in order to get the surgery.
Mr Reinbott said financial and heartfelt support had continued to flow to the appeal via the charity established by his brother's partner Stacey Mowley before she died.
Mr Reinbott said Luke had been overwhelmed by the comments and support offered by friends and strangers.
"To every single person who has shown their support and love to Luke and this family, the word thank you will never be enough," Mr Reinbott said.
"So to show our thankfulness, we offer our actions.
"It is Luke's dream to be an encouragement to everybody who meets him.
"He wants to be an example of what is possible in brain injury recovery to others who have suffered the same fate.
"He will never stop working towards this goal."
Mr Reinbott said his family was "deeply humbled by everybody's love, support and generosity".
Luke suffered a traumatic brain injury on November 11, 2011 - the cause of which remains unknown.
His condition deteriorated in the hours after the incident when he was airlifted to Brisbane.
Since then, Luke has suffered - and survived - a stroke and learnt to walk and talk again.
The surgery to remove the inferior vena cava has been the latest medical set back, but his family is determined to help him through the tough time.
Luke is expected to return to Australia on September 26.