‘Miracle’ makes life perfect

quadriplegic dad welcomes son
quadriplegic dad welcomes son

However, as Mr Jansen said, he is one of the first C2 level ventilated quadriplegics in the world to father a child, meaning this Ascot family is anything but typical.

‘After his accident, there was always a question as to whether or not he could have children,’ Mrs Jansen said.

‘Samuel was conceived on our first IVF attempt, and in that respect, it is truly a miracle he has arrived.’

Fifteen years ago, when he was a 24-year-old university student, Mr Jansen was hit by a car as he rode on his motorcycle. The accident left him paralysed from the neck down.

He now relies on a machine to help him breathe 24 hours a day and round-the-clock nursing care.

‘I’ve always tried to be quite accepting of the challenges that have faced me, not to reflect on the past but always move forward,’ he said.

‘Now, and for the rest of my life, my challenge is to be the best dad in the world.’

A motivational speaker on behalf of the Paraplegic Benefit Fund, Mr Jansen speaks at local high schools and businesses about road safety and working to achieve goals.

‘Ric has such an incredibly positive outlook, even with all his health issues, and I just don’t know how he does it,’ Mrs Jansen said. ‘He doesn’t know why people keep telling him that he’s inspirational, but he truly is.’

Having dreamt of being a parent his whole life, Mr Jansen said one of the greatest gifts he ever could ask for had come to fruition.

‘Since Samuel was born my life has been given a lot more clarity and purpose. Sometimes it’s hard to describe the feelings that I experience in my world, but right now everything is pretty close to perfect.’