In 2007, Bhajan, who worked as a construction worker his whole life, was doing a routine roofing job when the ladder he climbed up slipped from the aluminium gutter it was resting upon, plunging him 20 feet to the ground. The accident left him with a C4/C5 spinal cord injury.
“Who knows how many times I went up and down a ladder in my life. I was always a safe person, but this one time…”
After the accident, he spent 10 days in ICU, 2.5 months at VGH, and a following 4.5 months at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. “I’m lucky to be alive and walking around,” he says. The injury affects his whole body, but primarily affects the mobility in his right shoulder which took the brunt of the impact. Shoulder surgery proved to be unsuccessful and “I have to live with my life like this now,” says Bhajan, who walks with crutches, and also uses a wheelchair when he needs to.
Bhajan heard about the Neil Squire Society from GF Strong and joined the Computer Comfort Program about a year ago. Bhajan immigrated to Canada from England in 1970 and in that time he’s seen “a lot of technology changes”. Before joining Computer Comfort, “I didn’t even know how to turn on a computer!” Bhajan, who’s retired now, has a wife, children, and grandchildren, and he intends to keep practicing and learning, at the urging of his children.
“There are miles ahead of me,” says Bhajan. “But I’m still learning. These guys teaching me are geniuses; they are very, very good. I’m learning how to use email, the internet, how to download. I’m a slow learner, but I’m enjoying it!”