18 months after accident that changed his life, Josh dives into whole new world
A MAN from Pontlliw who was crushed and paralysed by a falling tree is now a qualified scuba diver only 18 months after the accident changed his life forever.
Josh Davies, aged 21, was helping to cut down a tree on his family's farm when it fell back onto him and snapped his spinal cord in two places.
The terrible accident left him paralysed from the waist down and facing the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Josh refused to feel self-pity and has fulfilled one major ambition — learning to scuba dive.
He has become an active member of the Llwchwr branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (Bsac).
Club members have been so impressed with his determination that they have been fundraising to take him to Lanzarote for some warm weather training later in the year.
Josh, originally from Pontarddulais, said scuba diving had given him something to look forward to and was helping him come to terms with life following the horrendous accident.
He said: "It is taking a bit of time to get used to life since the accident. I broke my spinal cord in two places and had to be airlifted to hospital by helicopter. I'm now basically paralysed from the belly button down.
"I used to play rugby and all sorts of sports and have always been an outdoor sort of person. I was absolutely devastated."
He said diving presented a few challenges such as getting his wet suit on and off.
He added: "I absolutely love it in the water and diving is brilliant when you can see fish and marine life. I've now passed my Ocean Diver certificate and my next task is to pass the Sports Diver qualification."