Whereas Alex’s mates have been learning for the HSC, he was studying to breathe once more
“It was undoubtedly exhausting, and I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine it out,” Alex stated. “It’s been 11 months now, since my damage. By means of the entire course of I’ve had actually good family and friends, who’ve helped hold issues in perspective.
“You go, ‘Effectively hey, you may’t do that, however you might be nonetheless going to have the ability to do that and this’. I’m nonetheless going to have the ability to end college as a standard yr 12 would, I’m nonetheless going to have the ability to go to uni and drive a automotive.”
Alex did properly within the yr 11 exams earlier than his accident, so on predictions of a excessive ATAR, Macquarie College made him an unconditional early provide for a level in well being sciences. “It’s been an enormous weight off,” he stated.
Regardless of lacking months of faculty, Alex sat his trial exams, and also will sit the HSC with relaxation breaks and a scribe to assist him write.
He’s additionally determining how he can get again on a motorcycle. “I attempted a hand cycle, which is fairly cool,” he stated. “I additionally went out to the wheelchair rugby and had a go there. I used to be simply practising, pushing the wheelchair.
“It was cool to go and watch all of them, and to talk to folks in comparable conditions. I might see what they’ll do. They’re all driving their very own motorcycle, they’ve jobs, they take part in sport.”
Mrs Richter stated Alex’s household and mates had rallied round him, although most, his siblings included, weren’t allowed to go to him in hospital on account of COVID-19.
“He has been so constructive, the entire approach by way of. He’s by no means regarded again. He’s by no means questioned any damaging stuff,” she stated. “He’s been good, and my different two children have been my rocks as properly.
“We’re fairly sensible folks. We concentrate on fixing an issue moderately than whingeing. There’s been just a few issues to bitch about.”
Alex’s mates have arrange a fundraising mission, Ride With Richter, to boost cash for tools he’ll want, equivalent to a transformed automotive, an motorcycle – which can give him day-to-day independence – and modifications to his home.