What should have been a carefree summer for 16-year-old Draidyn quickly changed to tragedy during his first ever summer job mowing lawns in his hometown of Laird, SK.

While cutting grass behind the town arena, Draidyn was thrown off the mower and trapped underneath with the blades still running. Draidyn’s mom, a first responder, was one of the first to get the call that there was an accident involving a teen boy and a mower in Laird. When she arrived at the scene, all she could see was her son’s head sticking out of the mower as the rest of his body had been engulfed by the machine.

Draidyn sustained life-threatening injuries that resulted in a complete amputation of his arm from the elbow down. He also lost a significant amount of blood and required surgery on his midsection to repair the area that was torn by the mower blades. Draidyn spent two months at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital undergoing multiple surgeries, a blood transfusion, and countless hours of therapy. The road to recovery for Draidyn is long and will include being fitted for a prosthetic arm and learning his new normal, but he is extremely thankful for the specialized care he received at JPCH.

An avid car lover, specifically old-school muscle cars, Draidyn is excited for the open road ahead and looks forward to working on his first car, enjoying outdoor activities like fishing with his family, and just being a teen again.

Your support during this year’s Radiothon will help kids like Draidyn receive the best care possible, right here at home! Learn more about the 2022 Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Radiothon presented by CIBC Wood Gundy here.


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