LOST FOR WORDS: : Helen Jenkinson has come through adversity with a better outlook on life and is giving back to the community.
LOST FOR WORDS: : Helen Jenkinson has come through adversity with a better outlook on life and is giving back to the community. Philippe Coquerand

Overcoming a lifetime full of adversity

IT'S been a difficult life for Helen Jenkinson who tragically lost her husband, Darryl, as a result of injuries sustained in a workplace accident on August 25, 2010.

Her husband was heavily involved with catering, genealogy and working on the orchards. He was described as a very hard worker who enjoyed helping people out.

Recently the North Burnett Regional Council announced they would re-name the genealogy room in the Mundubbera library after Darryl to honour his legacy and his achievements in Mundubbera.

Mrs Jenkinson said she was "lost for words” when she found out about the news.

"It was very humbling, very emotional,” Mrs Jenkinson said.

"I just thought it was something very very beautiful when the deputy mayor (Faye Whelan) rang me up and told me the news, because she knew the amount of work that Darryl put in there.

"There's not enough words to express it.”

It's been seven years since the passing of Darryl and to this day Mrs Jenkinson said it's been a very long journey filled with a lot of ups and downs.

"He was the love of my life,” Mrs Jenkinson said.

She recalled seeing her husband in an induced coma fighting for his life.

"They choppered him to Brisbane and placed him into an induced coma,” Mrs Jenkinson said.

"The surgeon came to me with the scans and said there was a very bad break in the back, spine was broken and the spinal cord was stretched so it took quite some hours to do, by this time he was in an induced coma for a week.”

"To see someone in an induced coma is not good because when they get out of it they don't know where they are so every 10 seconds or so you have to keep telling them. They were tremendous at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.”

She remembers the accident taking place.

"I went for a walk with our dog and Cory and would you believe, that dog did not want to go, it was pulling us back,” Mrs Jenkinson said.

"When we saw the ambulance going out there I said 'Cory, I am wondering if it is going to be today', and by the time we did the block, our neighbours came over and told us there was an accident.

"All I wanted to do was be there with him.”


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