White Knight in shining Armour for Rory Sain
The White Knight Foundation is a Sydney based charity dedicated to giving meaningful support to young victims of youth violence. Having experienced the long, traumatic process of recovery themselves, the Knight family strive to make a difference in the lives of others. One of these families are the Sains.
What was to be an enjoyable weekend away in Launceston, turned into a nightmare for Rory Sain. Sydneysider Rory was in Launceston, Tasmania for a weekend attending a reunion with Australian Maritime College friends. It was on his walk home to the hotel that he was attacked, robbed and left lying in the street.
He was found the early the next morning, still unconscious, and was transferred to Launceston Hospital where it was deemed his condition was critical. Rory was transferred to the ICU section of Hobart Hospital by helicopter due to the urgency and extent of his injuries.
In the ICU Rory was put into an induced coma on life support where he remained for a month. While his body was still trying to recover from the vicious, unprovoked attack, he also suffered from pneumonia, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and several serious infections. He had to have two sections of his skull removed a little after a week of arriving in ICU to relieve the life-threatening pressure on his brain. He also had three visits to surgery to have drains and monitors inserted into his skull.
After a month in ICU the process of bringing him out of the coma was commenced in the High Dependency ward of the Neuro Surgical Unit. During the period in the HD ward he contracted 2 serious brain infections which were controlled by heavy duty antibiotics and drains.
Rory remained in the Neuro Surgical Unit for a further 6 weeks, with a view to being transferred to the Rehab Ward. This transfer didn’t eventuate due to a lack of availability of beds, and he was discharged to the care of his parents staying in a caravan park just out of Hobart. Rory attended occasional outpatient rehab.
After approximately 6 weeks Rory was readmitted to the hospital to replace the missing parts of his skull. After this operation he spent another 2 weeks in the NSU until his skull was sufficiently healed to allow for the removal of the staples.
Rory returned home to New South Wales for the first time since the attack just before Christmas. He undertook outpatient Rehab with the Illawarra Brain Injury Service (IBIS).
“The timing of his return meant a slow start to his rehab program with January being a quiet month in the Health system. His Rehab program has accelerated since then and seems to be going well.” Says Alan Sain, Rory’s father.
Rory’s parents were in Hobart the morning after his admission to hospital and spent every day at his bedside to provide support They stayed close to the hospital due to the seriousness of his condition. The cost of staying close to the hospital was high, so Rory’s parents brought their caravan to Hobart to reduce the cost of accommodation. Their new accommodation meant that their twice daily visits to the hospital were approximately 30 minutes each way in the car.
It was during this time that The White Knight foundation heard of Rory’s battle and contacted his parents. Rory’s parents could not estimate the duration and extent of rehab that Rory needed. The White Knight Foundation donated nearly $4,000 to ease the strain of the Sains’ accommodation.
“The extremely generous donation provided by the White Knight Foundation has helped us to fund our stay in Hobart and the ongoing rehab program at IBIS.” Says Alan Sain.
One year later Rory has completed his rehab. at IBIS, who provided an amazing service, and has returned to his work with AMSA, who have been unbelievable during the process. He has become an ambassador for The White Knight Foundation, going to schools in both Tasmania and NSW highlighting the dangers of alcohol fueled violence, and the repercussions of the victim.
A MOVING DONATION
When it comes to rehabilitation, movement is just as important as strength and repetition. A donation from the White Knight Foundation of a new $10,000 exercise machine to Liverpool Hospital has meant physiotherapists and Allied Health staff can assist patients on their road to recovery.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit Director Dr Adeline Hodgkinson said the donated MOTOmed viva 2 machine will support continued strength and flexibility training to improve patient recovery.
of this machine will help enhance and strengthen mobility in our patients as
well as assist with rebuilding their muscle strength, endurance and
helps our patients with relearning skills that are lost when part of the brain
is damaged including the coordination of leg movements needed to walk.
“Rehabilitation also teaches survivors new ways of performing tasks to circumvent or compensate for any residual disabilities from their injuries.
“Having the right equipment is vital with assisting our patients’ rehabilitation, maintaining their physical health and to increase strength and active movement. We’d like to thank The White Knight Foundation for their generosity,” she said.
of The White Knight Foundation, Shane Knight said he was happy to contribute
toward better health outcomes for the local community.
"My brother Liam survived an assault but he continues to endure a long road of rehabilitation from the brain damage he sustained,” Mr Knight said.
“Donating equipment to Liverpool Hospital is a great opportunity for The White Knight Foundation to assist patients who are in a similar situation to my brother and support them to better health,” he said.
THE WHITE KNIGHT FOUNDATION SUPPORTS ONE PUNCH VICTIM ROB SCOTT.
Rob Scott and his father Stephen had their lives changed forever when Rob was holidaying in America in 2014. Rob, whilst walking along a street in Fresno California, was dealt a blow to the head by a coward punch. His injuries so severe, that he required brain surgery and was left in a coma. Rob spent 8 weeks in ICU before he was able to be flown back to Australia still on life support. Rob spent a further 3 months in Royal North Shore Hospital and was then transferred to the specialist brain injury unit at Royal Rehab located at Ryde. There Rob spent a further 22 months learning to talk, eat and eventually walk again.
“Rob was very lucky to be able to have such a remarkable facility and staff to help him on his journey of recovery. Despite becoming blind from his injuries Rob has made substantial progress and far beyond what was expected” said his father, Stephen Scott.
After spending the 22 months in Royal Rehab, Rob has finally come home. He may still suffer from life-long brain injuries but he continues to push himself to improve.
As a result of the attack, Rob has been involved with the White Knight Foundation, attending various events such as the walk against youth violence and the inaugural White Knight Gala dinner to show support in ending senseless acts of violence.
“Many good things can come from such a tragedy as Rob’s and one of the most positive has been to meet Liam Knight, his brother Shane and all the Knight family. Liam and his support team through The White Knight Foundation are taking up the challenge to reduce alcohol and drug induced violence. They are an amazing team along with their supporters and we hope to be able to assist this very much needed campaign in any way we can.”
Most recently, the White Knight Foundation has donated $5000 to Rob, to purchase some rehabilitation equipment for him to continue to recuperate at home, something the organisation knows all too well that every little bit helps. Rob will also use the money for training with iPad Vision Australia.
“ This very generous donation will help Rob to develop skills to help him have a little more control and enjoyment of his daily environment.”
Shane Knight from the White Knight Foundation says that whilst they are proud to support people like Rob, it is something that they want to see less of.
“We are here as an organisation to support victims of crime, and will continue to do that, but we want to see the prevalence of youth violence decline over the years. This can easily be achieved, if we can make some very simple behavioural and cultural changes. Respect each other. Think before you act. Look after your mates. These are simple, but key values that our organisation lives by, and values that we promote throughout our school talks.”
With the festive season in full swing, Mr Knight has a very stern message to the community ‘This festive season, have fun, but do it safely.’
Proud to announce through all the generous donations The White Knight Foundation has been able to purchase a 'Motomed viva2' machine for Royal Rehab valued at $10,000 to assist young victims and patients such as Rob (pictured). This machine assists bilateral movements for upper and lower limbs, which will ultimately assist young victims of crime and others to walk again.
Liam Knight (SPX 2013) returned to the College to speak to Year 8 students about having fun and staying safe, the importance of setting goals, hard work and commitment, a positive attitude, resilience and overcoming adversity, giving back to the community and his plans for the future.