Farmer speaks openly about being paralysed in horrific farm accident at 18
'It was such a simple accident: Now I have no feeling from my shoulders down'
“It was such a simple accident”, according to Stephen Cluskey, talking about the accident that left him paralysed from the neck down at just 18.
Cluskey who grew up on a farm in north County Dublin said he was like most other 18 year olds and thought he was ‘invincible'.
“I thought this was something that happens to other people.
“It’s something that I’d give anything to go back and change that split second.
“Little did I know that that night, August 4 due to a hay bale I’d be in the back of an ambulance on the way to the Mater Hospital after suffering a life-changing injury,” he said.
Cluskey was just going into sixth year in Belvedere College and got a call from some friends to see if he wanted to go camping that night.
“We set the tents up in a field which was full of hay bales.
“One thing led to another - I was messing about on top of a hay bale and someone was pushing it. I fell from the hay bale.