It was a fall that should have been nothing but a harmless trip. It was a fall that would have left most people unharmed, off a low ledge and onto a grassy lawn.
But John Kennerley did not recover like most people when he lost his balance and fell less than a metre onto a golf course. Instead, he broke his neck.
The only words he spoke before losing consciousness were, “I can’t feel anything.”
Now paralysed, John cannot breathe without aid, or move his limbs without help.
For his wife, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, it’s been a nightmare.
On Sunday Night, Kerri-Anne spoke for the first time since the accident and how she’s coping.
“I still wake up every day thinking of what a nightmare it was,” she told Mike Willesee. “But it’s not a nightmare. It is life.”
When asked how the accident occurred, Kerri-Anne falls quiet for a moment.
“I just sat at his head and I kept telling him everything was going to be okay,” she says the moment she realised John could not move.
“This was not just a bit of an ouch. This is serious.”
She was told on arrival at Coffs Harbour hospital that John needed to be placed into an induced coma. Before proceeding, doctors told Kerri-Anne to go and have a word with her husband.