$50,000 raised to ‘bring Patty home’ after Canadian train accident

Before the accident Pat Murphy was a keen snowboarder,surfer and hiker.
Before the accident Pat Murphy was a keen snowboarder,surfer and hiker.

More than $50,000 has been raised to help a Hunter man come home after he lost limbs in a train accident in Canada.

Patrick Murphy, 25, suffered serious injuries after he was struck by a train car on the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks in Revelstoke.

He suffered ‘severe and life changing injuries’ and had to undergo full and partial limb amputations as a result of the accident.

According to local media he was conscious when emergency services arrived and was able to provide basic information to the officers at the scene. He was rushed to hospital where he underwent the surgery.

At the time the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of the incident and was seeking to provide consular assistance to the Australian man hospitalised in British Colombia.

Since the accident on June 30, Mr Murphy’s friends and family have rallied to bring him home.

A GoFundMe account was established and within one week had surpassed $50,000 in donations.

“Our goal, and main focus now is to get Pat healthy and fit to get him back home to Newcastle where he will undergo further medical procedures and intense rehabilitation,” a statement on the donation page read. 

“This process includes specialist medical care, particularly expensive flights - just to name a few.

“Any monetary support or assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated and extremely well received not only by Pat, but by [his girlfriend] Tammy and his family. 

“We want nothing more than to have Pat back at home in Newcastle with his family and friends. Your generosity will not go unnoticed.”

Mr Murphy’s friend Jade Shanks has since provided an update on his condition.

Tammy Jeffs and Pat Murphy at the hospital in Canada. The pair are keen to get Pat home and on the road to recovery.

Tammy Jeffs and Pat Murphy at the hospital in Canada. The pair are keen to get Pat home and on the road to recovery.

She wrote that he is medically stable enough to transfer back to Australia. Due to the nature of his injuries he needs a lay-out bed to be transferred on a commercial flight, plus a two-person medical team.

This cost is in excess of $60,000.

Once home in Australia the plan is for specialist rehab, the use of mobility aids and eventually prosthetics. 

“This has been extremely emotionally, physically and psychologically trying for Pat, Tammy and family and the road to recovery will be lengthy,” Ms Shanks wrote.

“Pat will need to learn the basics like walking and using of his hands in every day life all over again. We can't wait until we see Pat on a surf board again.”

Mr Murphy had been living in Canada since 2016 with his girlfriend Tammy Jeffs.

They spent their winters in Revelstoke and their summers on Vancouver Island.

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