Looking back, Helen relives the conundrum she and her friends found themselves in.
She had broken her back in three places, punctured a lung and the canyon environment created an immense challenge for rescue.
“We were unsure whether our personal locator beacon would be picked up within the canyon, and we were unsure of what approach to take. Do we send someone to seek help on foot..do they stay with me? Meanwhile the clock was ticking…”
“I didn’t know how long we waited. As it turned out, it was about 2 hours before we heard the sound of a helicopter coming towards us.”
“The paramedics on the helicopter are just amazing guys. They were fantastic.”
Helen was airlifted to the Sydney North Shore Hospital where she underwent surgery very quickly to insert rods into her back. She remained there for six weeks and a further three months in rehab.
You get a clear sense for the type of person Helen is from the way she talks about her accident.
As a self-described optimist, Helen knows how lucky she is to have such a “positively naive” outlook on life. When shit hits the fan, Helen’s mindset helps her rollover pretty much anything.
“I really think my positive outlook is the main characteristic that continues to shape my life for the better.”
Positivity is a trait that comes up time and time again with Adaptdefiers and Helen is no exception.
Having spent many years of her life before her injury exploring & experiencing the beautiful Australian outback, deliberately choosing a professional & personal path that would allow her to spend as much time there, the accident left her uncertain if she’d ever enjoy that again.