Details and explanation by Agata
My name is Agata, I am currently in Laax, Switzerland together with my love Michal. It was going to be the best holiday ever; you know with snow, friends, snowboarding, the best slopes in the Swiss Alps and most importantly him A nice getaway from my busy stewardess roster. Our first day out was amazing! It was sunny and white; the best weather condition for anyone who is into winter sports like us. Our experience from the first day lead us to expect only more adventure and fun from the next day. I was working hard on my skills this time around as it was only my fourth day on the snowboard ever.
However, the next day, the weather conditions were not what we expected. It was no more white, instead it was foggy because of the snowfall that was reported up on the mountains. I did not let the weather deter me, I gave it my all at my training lessons during the day in order to be in the best shape possible to match up to Michal’s skills. All we wanted to do was to ride the SNB together soon.
I got back to the hotel room around 5 PM but Michal was nowhere to be seen as he had still not returned from his day out on the slopes. I started worrying about him because as per my knowledge, the ski lifts were only opened until 4:30 PM. It was getting dark and my mind was racing in million different directions imagining what could have happened to Michal. Then around 7 PM, I received a call from a hospital in Chur. I had no idea where the hospital was located but somehow with the help of our tour representative, I went to the hospital with my friends who had accompanied us on this trip. By then I had an idea that my worst nightmare had come true and that Michal had had an accident and he was in need of an immediate operation of his spine.
I couldn’t control my thoughts, constantly thinking what, why, where, when and how did this all happen?! Finally after 2 hours, I got the hold of the whole story. Michal had landed awkwardly on his back on March 8, 2016 whilst riding the snowboard. He was taken off the mountain and immediately transported to the nearest hospital to have an emergency surgery on his back. He is currently resting at a hospital in Chur city (near Zurich). Tragically, he has lost his ability to feel from the waist down; fortunately, he has retained his ability to use his arms.
The day after the operation, Michal was taken into getting his CT scan and MRI which confirmed that the neurons in his spinal cord at the 7th cervical vertebra are completely damaged. The doctors opinion suggests that Michal unfortunately will never be able to walk again. This was an absolute shock and horrifying news for both of us!
I am still located in Laax at the ski resort and will be here for another 5 days. Luckily, I can visit him everyday thanks to our friends Pawel and Paulina who drive to and from Laax. However, both Paulina and Pawel have to leave the Swiss Alps and get back to their normal working life, hence they will not be able to drive me to see Michal. Nevertheless, I have to be strong for Michal’s sake and not leave his side. I cannot explain how scared I am here all by myself and how much I hate the fact that Michal will have to put on his training wheels and learn everything from scratch. Moreover, I dread the fact that he will have to say goodbye (hopefully, not for long) to his biggest passion; sports, beach volleyball in particular.
The problem we face now is the insurance; we all know how expensive Switzerland is and we have run out of the benefit limit. Michal needs immediate professional physio care & rehabilitation, which will most probably be in Poland as the costs for the same is insane in Switzerland and Dubai.
Every morning for me is the same; grey, insecure, cold, and traumatic. I cannot believe that this has happened to my beloved boy, the best one, the one I’ve always dreamt about. Every day, I wake up with a dream to make him happy, but his injuries make it extremely difficult to fulfil this dream. I know that Michal is strong and his strength gives me the power to be the same. Power of two! Now I will strive to become his legs, his back, his support and his everything. I hope for the best and believe that with time, he will go back to being just as happy as he has always been.
Every day when I look into his eyes, I do not see anything grey, insecure, cold or traumatic; instead all I see is the light of hope, the light of faith, the light of love that we will bring together to get him UP. Like he did all this time with me
Remember to be grateful for what you have. Every day I am extremely grateful to have him in my life.