Sérgio, an employee at Hospital São João do Porto, was the victim of an accident while bodyboarding on Matosinhos Beach, which resulted in severe motor deficiencies.
Let's help Sérgio live with dignity
Sérgio Nuno Magalhães was a normal 48-year-old man, he had a peaceful and stable life, by choice he did not marry or generate offspring, but lived according to his philosophy of life towards the world, very much based on Buddhist principles that aim to main objective is to end human suffering.
Friend of his friend, with boundless generosity, wherever he went, he left only friendships and an extraordinary sense of camaraderie. Helpful by nature, he always had a huge availability to help everyone.
A bodyboard practitioner since the age of 25, Sérgio is being helped by the Associação Portuguesa de Surf Adaptado, by the Portuguese federation of the sport and by some friends linked to the national bodyboard community, which in 2021 recorded two accidents at sea with very similar outcome.
On the 9th of October, a few days after the accident in Supertubos that left the surgeon Nuno Barahona Abreu quadriplegic, Sérgio Magalhães, an employee at the São João do Porto hospital, was the victim of a very similar accident at Matosinhos Beach, in Porto.
“ It was right in the first wave of the session. I went to the lip of the wave to do a roll, but I missed the timing and came with the wave down. I fell badly and the impact immediately knocked me unconscious. Fortunately, a surfer who was an anesthesiologist was there and he helped me right away. Then I was taken to the Hospital de São João, where I work and initially received the best possible treatment ”, says Sérgio.
From there, Sérgio was transferred to Hospital de Valongo, which belongs to Hospital de São João, where he received specialized medical treatment in physical rehabilitation medicine and was later sent to the Centro de Reabilitação do Norte, in Francelos, Vila Nova de Gaia, where he is still hospitalized, to continue the physical rehabilitation he needs, aiming to adapt him, as best as possible, to an extremely dependent future life.
The current prognosis, after surgery, in São João, and physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation, in Valongo and Francelos, is a life in a wheelchair, with the possibility only of “short trips supported”.
Sérgio is being helped by the Portuguese Adapted Surfing Association, by the Portuguese federation of the sport, which are preparing a solidarity action.
According to Nuno Vitorino, founder of the adapted surfing movement and himself a quadriplegic, the next step is logical, but difficult: “We have to prepare Sérgio for the next phase of his life and all the help will be little to achieve it.”
What Sérgio is asking for is help to allow him to implement basic support and live with a minimum of dignity, namely adapting the house he had to rent, with the minimum necessary conditions and buying some material, namely a wheelchair, an articulated bed, bath chair, walker, safety bars, among others.
Your help means to Sérgio Nuno a lot of hope for a life as good as possible.