Sport Crowd-funding campaign set up for injured NTFL player Tai Martin-Page

02:51  13 january  2018
02:51  13 january  2018 Source:

NTFL bans player for three weeks after on-field collision that left Tai Martin-Page paralysed

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An online crowd-funding campaign has been set up with the aim to raise $100,000 for injured Northern Territory Football League player Tai Martin-Page.

Whatever is raised will go towards medical and treatment costs for Mr Martin-Page, as well as helping with travel costs for his family. 

The 27-year-old suffered damage to his spinal cord and a dislocated vertebrae in two place following a hit during a match last weekend. 

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A Northern Territory Football League player who injured his spine while playing in Darwin says the extent of his injuries are not yet known, but he hopes to start rehabilitation soon.

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He was flown to Perth for emergency spinal surgery and remains in the intensive care unit with his family by his side. 

Tai Martin-Page (centre). © Nine News Tai Martin-Page (centre). Mr Martin-Page's mother, Bridgit Martin, said their family had been touched by the outpouring of support. 

"Today, Tai's bed has been moved up so he is no longer staring at the ceiling and is able to sit up a little. We are hopeful we will move from ICU to the spinal unit tonight but have been told by the medical staff that a final prognosis of his condition is still some time away," Ms Martin said.

"He remains his positive, optimistic self and with all the love we've been receiving and boundless generosity I know that will continue to come our way, I am sure that we can get him back on his feet." 

Within just a few hours, thousands of dollars had already been raised. 

You can follow Mr Martin-Page's recovery on his Facebook page.

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