Sunshine Coast mum Rebecca Bielby is facing a grim future after a cyst left her in hospital with a spinal cord injury. Photo: Contributed
Sunshine Coast mum Rebecca Bielby is facing a grim future after a cyst left her in hospital with a spinal cord injury. Photo: Contributed

‘Cyst stole my freedom’: Mum fears never walking again

A SUNSHINE Coast mum is facing the possibility of never walking again after a ruptured cyst damaged her spinal cord, leaving her stuck in a hospital bed unable to care for her two young children.

Mother-of-two Rebecca Bielby was rushed to a Brisbane hospital on December 18 when her bursitis, an inflammation of a bursa sac, caused a cyst in her shoulder.

The cyst had moved to her spine, causing damage to her spinal cord.

She’s been unable to move since, and says doctors doubt she’ll be able to walk again.

“It has made me feel a bit low,” Ms Bielby said.

“But I’ve just got to take it one day at a time.

“I just want to get home to my kids.”

This week, Ms Bielby was transferred to a nearby rehabilitation centre while she waited for a bed at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra spinal unit.

She expects to spend at least two months there learning how to navigate the huge change and hoping for a cure.

“They (doctors) are thinking I could be a paraplegic for the rest of my life,” she told the Daily.

After spending Christmas alone and rarely seeing her children, family or partner due to transport issues, Ms Bielby said the past month had taken a huge toll on her mental health.

“It’s very, very hard,” she said.

“One morning I might wake up crying because I realise I can’t get out of bed, but I just try and cheer up throughout the day.”

Close friend Kelly Yendall said it was a “really hard” time for the family while Ms Bielby was stuck in hospital in Brisbane.

“She’s quite upset,” Ms Yendall said.

“She told me she cries every day.

“She’s just coming to terms with it.”

Ms Yendall has set up a GoFundMe to help the family cover Ms Bielby’s medical expenses and to assist the family travelling back and forth from the Coast to Brisbane.

Ms Bielby will also need to relocate to be closer to family, and will need to find a home suitable for her wheelchair needs.

She said she was “speechless” someone would create a GoFundMe for her and did not expect a hand-out.

“I’m so overwhelmed,” she said. “I don’t know how to thank her.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit gofundme.com/f/let039s-get-bec-back-on-track.