22:33 Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Philip “Flipper” Caldwell, 38 years of age, has always been known for his speed both on and off the pitch. Philips’s love of rugby started in his local club, Barnhall, he then played for The Kings Hospital during his school days. After school the list of clubs that Philly played for includes, Darfield (NZ), St Marys, Blackrock, Lansdowne, Cottesloe and UWA (both in Australia), Clinchers and Japan 2019 Tag teams.
Philip recently suffered a severe spinal injury which left him with temporary paralysis from the neck down. This accident occurred during a tag rugby match on the 13th of July 2020.
After 3 intense months in the care of the incredible Spinal Ward Unit in the Mater Hospital, Philip is currently continuing his slow but steady recovery journey in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire. This is where over the next few months the brilliant people of the NRH will help teach him how to walk again, use his arms and hands and deal with this life changing experience.
Donations to the Philip Caldwell Trust can be made via their website
Louise caught up with Philip to find out how he has been getting on.