13 July 2012
Seti Tafua Update
Injured Northern Suburbs second rower Seti Tafua presently remains at Royal North Shore
Hospital in St Leonards, Sydney. His improved condition has seen him moved from the
Intensive Care Unit to a general ward in the Spinal Unit on level seven.
Over the last few weeks there has been improvement in Seti’s upper limb function, with
improved range and power in his shoulders, elbows and wrists. He is still weak, however,
and his hand function is frustratingly poor. There seems to be some improved sensation in
his feet, but Seti’s legs are still paralysed. Now able to sit in a wheelchair for short periods
of time, Seti is much improved from when he was initially admitted, but remains weak and
dependent. He has now started his rehabilitation, and attends the gym daily for
Seti is still in good spirits, and enjoys his visitors. He is often using his new iPad, purchased
with the match fees donated by Norths players, which has been set up to respond to voice
commands for most functions. Having access to movies and music has helped brighten Seti’s
days, and provide some variety to his routine. Seti’s parents are also very appreciative of
the ongoing visits from Norths players and staff, and thankful for the support.
The rugby community also continues to be incredibly supportive. Several Sydney Premier
Clubs have run fundraising initiatives on behalf of Seti, with the most recently televised
Shute Shield game hosted by Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval last Saturday raising over
$12,000. Seti’s home town is also contributing, with the Hurricanes holding a bucket
collection at the gate prior to their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs this weekend.
The Norths Rugby home game on Saturday July 21st against Sydney University has been
renamed ‘Seti Tafua Day’, with all gate takings going to support Seti’s ongoing medical and
Gates open at 10:30am, with First Grade kicking off at 3:10pm following a short game
between local junior clubs. The day will also include a raffle, BBQ, jumping castle, face
painting and many more fundraising initiatives.
For further information visit www.northsrugby.com.au.
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