Hi there everyone,
You may be aware of media coverage over the next few days relating to Matthew’s intent to take legal action.
Here’s a statement from him:
A question that I have often received and have also asked myself is why did this happen to me?
Losing all of my arms and legs has obviously had a momentous impact on my life. The changes resulting from my disability have come at significant personal cost, and the costs associated with my care will continue for the rest of my life.
As a result, I have made the decision to investigate my legal options to better look at why this happened and the consequent impacts it has had on me personally and my family.
Since this happened to me, I have received an amazing outpouring of support from the community, with so many people coming forward to support me and my family, including through the Renovating Matthew Foundation. That support has been critical to enabling me to get to where I am today with my recovery, and it is my hope that in taking this further action I will be able to help others in similar situations, who may not be as lucky as me in having had the support that I’ve had.
Sadly, my disability was preventable. It could happen to anyone, but it shouldn’t. I hope that my case can raise awareness of the potential seriousness of these infections and the need for urgent treatment to try and prevent a similar incident. If my case can help others, some good will have come from my situation.
I would like to thank everyone again for their support to date.
We thank everyone for their support which continues to be amazing. I will provide an update on his new hand (which remains forthcoming) when it arrives.