Wagga producers get behind the Mansells

Wagga Wagga sheep producers donate lambs to Mansell family

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Jayden Mansell was a keen campdrafter before suffering a leg injury during a farm accident. Photo: CB Photography

Jayden Mansell was a keen campdrafter before suffering a leg injury during a farm accident. Photo: CB Photography

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The community is supporting Jayden Mansell after a serious farm accident.

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At just 22 years of age Jayden Mansell has already overcome more challenges than many face in their lifetime.

In September last year he was back on the road and ready to work on agriculture properties after regaining his eyesight thanks to a successful medical treatment that combated a hereditary condition.

But on April 20 he was rushed to Canberra Hospital after a farming accident and subsequently lost his left leg above the knee.

Last Tuesday he returned to the rehab ward in Wagga Wagga and is hopeful of returning home soon to eventually begin walking again with a prosthetic.

Despite undergoing eight surgeries in 15 days Jayden has shown a fierce motivation to return to work and normal life.

"How well he is handling things has really helped us too," his mother Karen Mansell said.

H. Francis and Company.

H. Francis and Company.

"He is very positive and as soon as he was able to get going out of his bed at Canberra he was showering himself, dressing himself and getting about.

"I think the things that have happened to him with his eyesight and that sort of thing has put him in good stead to handle this."

The Mansell family are well regarded in the community. Not only do they help organise the Tarcutta Campdraft, Karen works at the Wagga sheep and cattle sales and Jayden also assisted around the saleyards in his school holidays and spare time.

As a result H. Francis and Company asked clients of Thursday's sheep sale to donate a lamb and assist the family through the difficult financial time.

Agent Tim Francis had already gathered 20 lambs since it was announced on Tuesday night and said they would consider selling the donated stock as a pen.

"They are very well liked and respected...it's such a tragedy for the young fella," he said.

"The meat companies are very good in supporting (fundraisers) over the years...so we might get the lambs and put them in a pen and auction them. If the lambs are worth $250 they might get $350 or $400."

Ms Mansell said they were grateful for all of the support.

"Usually we have been on the other end of helping out wherever we can so it's a bit different on the receiving end," she said.

"I forwarded Jayden the flyer and he just replied to me that he was a bit lost for words."

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