Sad! Man, 39, is paralysed from neck down, wife leaves him and 6 children

Sad! Man, 39, is paralysed from neck down, wife leaves him and 6 children

- The man suffered a horrible accident six years ago that left him paralysed from the neck down

- His wife subsequently left him and their six children

- His cousin takes care of them but is appealing for help

A 39-year-old man in Cape Town, South Africa had his life turned upside down in 2011 when he dived into shallow water and suffered a terrible injury that left him paralysed from the neck down.

Sad! Man, 39, is paralysed from neck down, wife leaves him and 6 children

Ricardo Julies is paralysed from the neck down

Ricardo had to spend eight months in hospital and now needs a special bed as well as specialized care. He and his family survive on child and disability grants.

To make matters worse for him, his wife, 38-year-old Rene, left him and their six children to fend for themselves. She admitted to a local news outlet that the situation became "too much" for her and she turned to alcohol as a way of coping.

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Sad! Man, 39, is paralysed from neck down, wife leaves him and 6 children

Ricardo's cousin, Carmen Julies, takes care of him and his children

The responsibility of caring for Ricardo and his six children has now fallen on his cousin, 35-year-old Carmen Julies. However, she says it is not easy as Ricardo needs a special wheelchair as well as a suction machine to clear his chest cavity.

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In addition, the children need food, clothing and school fees. Carmen therefore appealed to well-wishers to step in to help the family. The kids are aged between six and 14.

Watch a video of one of the latest breakthroughs that can enable paralysed people to move again.

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