A rural family in South Australia has gone through a long road of desperation to find a miracle for their son, who has cerebral palsy.
The 21-year-old, known only as Sam, has a condition called cerebral palsia and suffers from constant muscle weakness.
His condition has made it difficult for him to walk, eat and speak.
Sam, from the rural town of Maroochydore, has had several operations on his legs and arms and has had to wear a harness to help him walk.
But he still has no sign of being able to walk again and his condition has never stopped him from living his life, his mother Julie says.
“We have tried everything that we could think of to get him to go on the right path and it hasn’t worked.”
I’ve had a lot of people telling us we are wasting our time because he can’t do the things that we want him to do,” she said.”
He can’t get his medication, he can never eat.
He has never had a meal, he has never done anything to earn money.
“Sam has been so far away from his family for so long he doesn’t have a home.”
Sam’s mother says she doesn’t know how she has come to this point, but she is determined to find the answers to her son’s health problems.
“When we started looking at him, I didn’t think that he would be able to live for another four years,” she says.
She has now travelled the country from Perth to Canberra and Adelaide, where she has met some of the doctors and health professionals that Sam’s family has contacted.
“Some of them said they were going to help Sam but then we got some more letters from other people saying that he can be cured,” she added.
“But it’s a long process, I don’t know if there is an answer but I have to keep fighting.”
At the end of the day, we have to try and get him back on the roads and get his mobility back to normal, but it is a long fight.
“Sam is now staying at a rural home where he is receiving his daily nutrition, and Julie has gone to see him twice a day.”
As soon as he wakes up, he walks, he eats and we have him in a harness.
We put a little mask on his head to make sure he is not moving too much and he’s still able to eat,” she explained.”
It’s a miracle, I’m really, really grateful to God that we are able to do this.
“The family has travelled to remote areas of the state to get to know people in their community and get support.
Sam is expected to be discharged from hospital next week.