Im Nicholas Michael William Mannix AKA Nicko, im 27 years old and I'm from Invercargill.
My life changed forever on New Years Eve 2014 when i was 25 years old. My friend and i went to a party, there was a few people there, i was hesitant.. i didn't know anyone. As the night went on the music got louder and the drinks kept flowing....... Boys being boys we were playing around being stupid, I was behind a ute thinking it was going forward.. I thought wrong as It came over top of me at speed then continued to go forward over me for a 2nd time, In that split second my whole life had changed.. It all happened so fast it was a split decision and i didn't really consider any of it. I was conscious through the whole thing... When the ordeal was over and there was nobody around I knew that something was really wrong, the longer i was laying there the more i realised that yano i think I'm paralysed.. I felt like i saw the light and i thought i was going, and i remember saying to myself 'I don't want to die'.
I broke my neck at the C6-C7 level which has left me a tetraplegic, that means i haven't got the use of all four limps completely..
I wanted the world to still see Nicko even though i had become a tetraplegic, i lost a lot and i didn't want to loose my identity too. Being the boy in the wheelchair wasn't my plan, so i didn't want people to just see the chair.. Its been so hard but the perseverance has been worth it, if only i knew that from the start...
I want people to realise how important there life is and to think about the risks that they take because you only have one life so make the most of it.