My name is Denver Baron, I’m 40 years old. I was privileged to have the chance to finish school in 1994. It did however take me two years to find a permanent job. For three years I worked as an isle assistant until I was promoted to a salesman.
On the 13th of May 2001 (a Mother’s Day incidentally) on an outing with colleagues, tragedy struck with an innocuous dive into a tidal pool at Klippies Bay Day Resort, along the Helderberg coast. The impact of my head hitting a rock below the water surface ruptured and dislocated my 4th & 5th vertebrae, respectively. This catastrophic injury rendered me paralyzed from the chest down. After little over a year in Conradie Hospital I was discharged to the care of my mother. My father and two younger sisters helped with my care as much as they could but the bulk of my special needs was met by my mother despite many challenges. My father took the task of turning me as I was mostly confined to my bed.
After his passing in 2014 my mother, once again, saw to all my needs. This in turn put an exceptional amount of strain on a woman whom have fought of Breast Cancer in 2012. In this time though I had made enquiries about care facilities but my greatest desire was to become a resident of House Andries Olivier. My prayers was answered with a message in early October 2017 to serve a 2 month probationary period at the house. My probation was successful and on the 10th of January 2018 I was welcomed as a permanent resident.
At HAO, I hope to get a chance to study marketing and graphics designing and also further my limited knowledge of computers. I would also like to take up mouth painting as a hobby. Being a resident at HAO is a privilege which I intend to appreciate daily however it also comes with an exceptional amount of responsibility which, God willing, I will be able to fulfill over the duration of hopefully a very long stay.