Scaffolder dies following freak trampoline accident which left him paralysed

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Rob Harcourt suffered horrendous injuries in a trampoline accident. (Reach)
Rob Harcourt suffered horrendous injuries in a trampoline accident. (Reach)

The family of a scaffolder who suffered "catastrophic" injuries in a trampoline accident have spoken of their heartbreak after he died just weeks later.

Rob Harcourt, 37, was seriously hurt after he tripped and fell into a trampoline at a friend's house last month.

He was diagnosed with a dislocated neck and kinked spinal cord following the fall.

While doctors initially believed he would be paralysed, he subsequently suffered a cardiac arrest and was found to have fluid on his brain.

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A GoFundMe is raising money for Rob's partner Jade(Reach)
A GoFundMe is raising money for Rob's partner Jade. (Reach)

Rob, from Stockton-on-Tees, near Middlesbrough, was left needing round-the-clock care and was treated at the James Cook University Hospital.

He was transferred to a hospice last week.

In a tribute to him, Rob's mum Jackie Graves said: "My clever, funny, kind and beautiful son Rob has passed away in mine and Jade's arms.

"Jimmy was with us too, holding his hand. Heartbroken doesn't touch how we are feeling right now."

A GoFundMe page set up by friends Alan and Amanda Jones to help his family has exceeded £9,000.

In it, Ms Graves described her son as a "wonderful" man.

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Rob was diagnosed with a dislocated neck and kinked spinal cord following the fal(Reach)
Rob was diagnosed with a dislocated neck and kinked spinal cord following the fall. (Reach)

Previously speaking to Teesside Live, Amanda Jones said: "Considering we started off with a target of £1,000, I've just kept upping it and upping it, so that's going really well.

"Because of the GoFundMe and the generosity of everybody, Jade has been able to focus on what she needs to do to get through each day.

"[She does not] have to worry about where the money for the rent is coming or money for the electric. It's given her a little bit of breathing room to be able to focus on what she needs to do to be there for Rob and support herself and get herself through it."