Kingston crash victim pleads for help

AFTER a tragic accident involving their teenage daughter, a Kingston family is pleading to the SE community for aid.

Debbie (left) and John Waters with their daughter Isabel in a Queensland hospital, which she currently calls home after being involved in a serious car accident.

Debbie (left) and John Waters with their daughter Isabel in a Queensland hospital, which she currently calls home after being involved in a serious car accident.

A little over a month ago, Isabel Waters was lapping up the sunshine in her new home in Queensland after moving there on finishing school in Kingston.

Suddenly, all that changed when she was involved in a horrific car accident which has had dire consequences.

She was a passenger in a car that crashed travelling at a reported speed of 170km/h.

Isabel has had to undergo extensive medical procedures, including plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

After the accident Isabel was kept in an induced coma in a precaution to reduce swelling and help recovery.

There are long-term consequences - Isabel will need a walking aid, and she is not likely to gain the full use of her left arm again.

Her father John and his wife Debbie are now having to pack up their home in Kingston to move to Queensland, where Isabel would like to stay.

The costs of transporting the family's belongings are well above what the family can afford.

"I have had to swallow my pride to ask for help," John said from Queensland, adding that he knew there were people who needed help more than his family.

However the costs are high, and John being on a pension means the family needs a little bit of help.

"We are not asking for donations, and we don't want anything for free," he said. "But we need to get our possessions and our bus to Queensland.

"If anyone knew someone who had a transport company it would be a huge help."

John said the family had a small amount of savings, and were willing to use this in the hope they could get their belongings to Queensland at a reduced cost.

The family is currently trying to sell two family cars, an 80 Series Landcruiser and a 2002 AU Series 3 Ford Falcon, which they will sign over to anyone who wants them in return for some help getting their belongings and bus to Queensland.

John is renovating a bus which was a gift from Isabel to her parents.

"Isabel saved up her own money and bought the bus for Debbie and I," John said.

"So we could live our dream of travelling Australia one day."

This is still a dream of the couple, who will now make renovations to accommodate Isabel on the trip.

"The reality is, she will most likely have to come with us," John said.

A Mount Gambier transport company quoted John $12,200 to move his belongings and bus to Queensland - a price the low-income family cannot afford.

Already a full-time carer for Debbie, John will now become Isabel's full-time carer as well.

The Waters family are appealing to the local communities for support.

If anyone is willing to help, or knows someone who can, contact the Coastal Leader office on 8767 2999 to be put in touch with John.

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