A Gwinnett County man severely injured while participating in an obstacle run is coming home.
Charles Tumulak, 46, was participating in the O-Run Obstacle Run in South Carolina last month when he took a terrible fall that left him a quadriplegic.
Frederic Tumulak says it's been hard to watch his big brother Charles go from an avid health and fitness buff to being laid up in a South Carolina hospital.
Frederic says he was about 40 yards away at the time and heard the fall.
"I heard this thud, even from as far away as I was, I could hear something hit the ground. I didn't know who it was. But when I looked over, all I saw was our team colors that somebody was wearing on the ground. So, of course, I went over there and to see it's my brother," said Frederic Tumulak.
That same year, Charles ran the Atlanta Publix Marathon. Later that year, he ran the Gobble Jog in Marietta on Thanksgiving day. Frederic says what happened to his brother can only be described as a freak accident.
"The cargo net was like a, basically a wooden structure, like a half-wall on each side. And then the cargo net itself draped over the two wooden-like walls. So you would climb up one on, and it was loose in the middle, and then you would have to navigate through the middle section. And then you have to climb down on the other side. So…on his descent climbing over, somehow he lost his balance," said Frederic Tumulak.
The fall left his brother with a collapsed lung, a neck fracture, facial damage and spinal cord damage.
"My sister said that he could do this event 1,000 times and probably never do the same thing. I think most injuries that people will get would be like a sprained ankle or pulled muscle, something along those lines. But nothing ever this severe," said Frederic Tumulak.
Frederic says the accident left his brother a quadriplegic and for the time being, Charles has been unable to speak.
Charles will be moving to the Shepherd Center on Wednesday, where he will begin his rehabilitation.
The family will have to retrofit his parents Lilburn home for him, in addition to purchasing a wheelchair specifically designed for him that costs $400,000.
If you'd like to help the family, visit: gofundme.com/chuckstorm
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