1. ‘My soul has been ripped out of my body.’ Perth dad dies on family holiday gone tragically wrong.
On Good Friday, father-of-three Chris Leggett performed a backflip for a crowd of kids, family and friends at a Good Friday barbecue in Dunsborough, Perth.
Despite performing this ‘signature move’ countless times before, a stomach-churning ‘crunch’ was the only indication Chris’ party trick had gone terribly wrong.
The 37-year-old snapped his neck, sending him into cardiac arrest as his children, Addison, 5, Xavier, 3, and Hunter,2 and wife Rachael watched on in horror.
Two months on, Rachael has paid tribute to the “amazing, instinctive parent” who she described as “perfection”.
“I keep thinking there is no way this man could have been taken from us,” she told Perth Now.
“I feel like my soul has been ripped out of my body, it’s horrendous … how do you live the rest of your life without your life partner?”
After determining Chris had suffered a break to his C2 vertebrate blocking blood flow to his brain, his family made the heartbreaking decision to let him go on Easter Monday. A family man whose favourite thing was “to be his kids’ hero”, Chris’ life was celebrated by 500 family and friends at a funeral on the family’s property.
“We talk about how Daddy is a star in the sky… Addison dreams about him a lot and says, ‘Daddy’s love is always in my heart’,” Rachael said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the young family, who are coming to terms with life without their beloved husband and father. On Monday morning more than $15,000 had been raised.
“Don’t put things off, value your family and don’t think you have the time,” Rachael told Perth Now.
“We thought we had time, we thought we had 50 more years … you just never know when it can happen to you.”
You can donate to Chris Leggett’s family by clicking here.
2. 20-year-old NSW bull rider remains in intensive care after suffering life-threatening injuries in Wyoming, USA.
A bull rider from rural NSW who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was thrown and trampled on at a rodeo remains in intensive care at a United States hospital with his family by his side.
Bradie Gray, 20, from Hallsville near Tamworth in northern NSW, is “alive and improving daily” after undergoing surgery at a hospital in Casper, Wyoming, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help fund his recovery.
The young rider, a junior at Odessa College in Texas, was bucked off by a bull named Levi the Boss at the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming on Thursday, AAP reports.
“A bull stepped on his chest that broke his ribs in many places, collapsed his lungs, and had serious internal bleeding,” Odessa College coach C.J. Aragon said on the fundraising page.
“He had no heartbeat when he got to the hospital.”