As an athletic, young mechanic with a world of opportunity on the horizon, Matthew Upham didn’t expect to spend his summer as an inpatient at the QEII, learning to walk again.
19-year-old Musquodoboit Harbour local, Matt, was air-lifted to the QEII after a devastating car accident. Dubbed “The Miracle Kid”, Matt’s road to recovery included aquatic therapy in The Grace Hansen Therapeutic Pool – a pool completely funded by QEII Foundation donors. In fact, a $1-million gift by the Hansen MacDonald family led the QEII Foundation’s Revitalizing Rehab campaign, which saw the community come together and raise $2.6-million to construct The Grace Hansen Therapeutic Pool.
Alongside the pool and rehabilitation facilities, Matt attributes much of his progress to the incredible QEII staff and physicians that were involved in his care journey and a key part of his support network.
Because of Matt’s injuries, he may need to make some significant lifestyle changes including a potential career shift. When asked “what’s next?” it turns out that not only is Matt interested in the mechanics of cars and trucks, but also in the intriguing mechanical puzzle of the human body.
Moving into his next chapter, Matt is considering a transition into the physiotherapy and rehabilitation field, largely inspired by the care he received at the QEII.
“You can always choose to give up, which is going to be the easy option. But life is a challenge anyway, so just keep going. Even if things aren’t better now, that’s not to say they won’t get better in the future. If you stay positive, you are going to help your body heal.”