Injury: Fracture of C-5 vertebrae
Cause: Swimming accident
Place: Middleton, CA
Date: July 21, 2004
In July 2004, Austen was at a popular swimming hole in Middleton, CA. Austen dove into a section of the hole that was shallow, fracturing C5 and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and with limited use of his hands.
Just prior to the accident, Austen's parents had purchased a retirement home in Oregon, and it required certain modifications to accommodate Austen's needs.
SCORE was pleased to assist Austen and his family with a grant for renovating a laundry room into an accessible bathroom.