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Young footy fan lives out dream of meeting Broncos at PAH

16 May 2017

Two Broncos players, Jordon Kahu and Moses Pangai, payed a special visit to the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit to see 18-year-old Bruklan (BJ) Marshall today.

BJ lost his arm, broke his jaw, suffered a brain injury and a number of other injuries after a car accident last month but was already working hard on his rehab.

“Every day I’m doing some kind of therapy to try and get better. Like most blokes I hate leg days and working out my legs, but now it’s a big part of my physical rehab,” he said.

The young football fan jumped at the chance to work out with two of the Broncos.

“I’ve watched them throughout the years and to be able to meet them has been fantastic. I’m very happy that they came,” he said.

Broncos player Jordan Kahu said he was thrilled to hear how far BJ had progressed in such a short amount of time.

"He's been improving pretty quick as we've been told, just a credit to himself and I guess his family as well for how far long he's come in such a short amount of time,” Jordan said.

"Hearing he was such a big fan, obviously it was good to come here and pay him a visit and he's been going through some tough times of late.”

BJs mother, stepfather and best mate were also there for the visit and Jordan said he was impressed that BJs family and friends made the effort to visit him daily.

"I've had a few injuries and been out for a year or two each time. I have a lot of good mates that helped me out and helped me get through my recovery,” he said.

"Being surrounded with good friends and family is what will help us get through rough times."

BJ, who played for the Fassifern Bombers, found out he was selected to represent Ipswich the day of the crash.

After he is discharged BJ said he was keen to stay involved with his local footy team and maybe try some other sports.

“Running water for the boys, I'll still be part of the team. Assistant coach even, maybe, I'd still like to put in. I think my golf days are over as well but might be able to play a bit of tennis,” he said.

PAH Social Worker Angela Tonge organised the Broncos visit through Men of League, an organisation that provides practical assistance and social support to the rugby league community.

Last updated 19 May 2017
Last reviewed 19 May 2017

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