In October 2020 Troy Newman was left fighting for his life after a quad bike accident on a Moree farm.
Troy's mother, Tammy, and her husband both commenced CPR on their son after Troy's sister ran inside screaming.
"He was blue, there was no pulse, he wasn't breathing," Mrs Newman told the Northern Daily Leader.
The bike and rolled and pinned him underneath after he leant down to pick up his little sisters hat.
Troy suffered collapsed lungs, broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury throughout the accident.
"We were sent from Queensland Children's Hospital to John Hunter Children's Hospital in Newcastle just so we could be one step closer to home which will be Kempsey eventually once we get there," Mrs Newman told the Argus.
The Newman family had previously lived in Kempsey for over 28 years with all their children born there.
Troy played with the Kempsey Dragons and went to South Kempsey Public School with his siblings before moving to Moree in 2018.
"It's great our kids will eventually get to go back and finish their primary school years there," Mrs Newman added.
Troy, known as Noy Noy to his family, celebrated his 12th birthday early in May and continues to make progress as he starts to attempt standing up out of his wheelchair, albeit for a few seconds.
"It's so good to see him now compared to what he was, he was in a really, really bad way ... we are all here with him and it is his determination and willpower that has gotten him this far," Mrs Newman told the Northern Daily Leader.
"We are extremely proud of Noy Noy and we tell him everyday."
The accident means the Newman family have made significant sacrifices as they continue to stay by their son's side.
"At the moment we're in the whole process of everything because our son needs full-time care and my husband and I have had to resign from our jobs," Mrs Newman said.
"We both had full-time jobs and had to relocate our whole entire family.
"We had to pack up a whole house and put it in a storage shed at Kempsey which our family and friends helped with because we weren't able to leave our son's side as he needs two people to assist him."
Noy Noy's mother said he hopes to go back to playing the sport he loves.
"We hope one day he doesn't have to be in a wheelchair and can go back to playing footy which he absolutely loves," she said.
"We're just trying to take it one day at a time, we're going on nine months - I've lost track of days and times.
"Our kids spend a couple of days with us, then go up to other family in Moree, Kempsey and Newcastle."
Currently, the family is looking for assistance as the bills pile up and quotes are collected.
"We're all over the place at the moment and waiting on modifications on the house so we can get home and get back to what will be normal life for us," Mrs Newman said.
"We have no idea what it holds.
"At the moment we have no way of getting Noy Noy around other than taxis, which we can't afford.
"We're trying to fundraise for a wheelchair accessible vehicle, we've got two quotes - one is for $60,000 and the other $70,000.
"The vehicle will help us take Noy Noy to appointments, family outings, community gatherings, footy games and all the things he loves to do.
"It's hard to ask for help, nobody likes to have to ask but it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help."
If you wish to donate the Newman family have set up a donation page here.
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