Snowboarder paralysed from neck down finally has dream baby with wife

Snowboarder paralysed from neck down finally has dream baby with wife

This is the happy family portrait Tom Nabarro thought would never become a reality.

Paralysed from the neck down in a snowboarding accident, he feared any prospect of fatherhood had been snatched away from him.

But smiling as his wife and son perch on his lap, he is clearly revelling in being a dad.

Tom Nabarro with his wife Ellen and their six-week-old son Ori, whose name means ‘my light’ in Hebrew

His wife Ellen gave birth to their son Ori – whose name means ‘my light’ in Hebrew – six weeks ago.

Unable to enjoy the cuddles and games most parents take for granted, Mr Nabarro will hum Ori tunes and read him stories.

Ori loves the sensation of curling up on his chest, soothed by the rise and fall of his father’s breathing.

The software engineer in hospital with his wife Ellen after dislocating his neck in Bulgaria in 2007

Mr Nabarro, 33, from Standlake, Oxfordshire, said: ‘Not being able to have children was one of the things I worried about most.

‘So to finally have a baby of our own is absolutely incredible. We have been enjoying every moment with our son so far – every squawk, gurgle or piglet-like noise.

‘I would love to hold and cuddle Ori in a hands-on fashion but instead we are focusing on the things I can do, like r

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