“Hi I’m Paul from Chinchilla. I first met Stephen at Youth Group in Jandowae. Stephen was the kind of guy who would befriend everyone. He was joyful and saw the bright side of life. When I heard about his accident we thought he was a goner.   But he has persevered year after year at getting his walking and talking happening and it amazing to all know him how far he has come. And to be public speaking and writing a book – that is a miracle! We have remained good friends to this day. Stephen in kind and generous to everyone – able bodied and disabled and he doesn’t discriminate. He is a great role model.”

Paulie Elsdon

Stephen has worked so hard and persevered in the face of great adversities after his serious accident. 

We were all in shock at the time. John knew the director at the PA who had just been transferred to Melbourne. It was on his referral that Stephen was saved from being an organ donor after John made a phone call to him about Stephen and his accident.

I know Val and Iven sat by his side for the whole time while Stephens friends came in with their music tapes and stories of love, talking to him continuously trying their best to reach Stephens subconscious to let him know they were there for him.

Iven and Val bought Stephen to our house when he first came out of hospital so he was close to medical aid. 
It took months of dedicated hard work from both his mum and Dad to encourage Steve with all his rehabilitation from that point to years later. Little steps every day. Perseverance and endurance were required not only by Steve but his whole family and relations. This was the new normal. The happy, fun loving, independent son was now totally dependent on his amazing parents and family.

I fully endorse Stephen in his amazing desire to now use this experience to talk to all people about his long journey from the time of his terrible accident to where he is now. The realization of the reality of his out of body experiences and how this has impacted on the man he is today.

Lois Darcey

High School English Teacher, And Stephen’s Aunty

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