9 May 2018 | Partners in Care
Courtenay is a member of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's consumer network. Her daughter, Demar Gear, got meningitis at five months old, leaving her unable to walk or talk.
For Courtenay and her husband Matetu, being told she’d never survive was unacceptable, and today... they’re celebrating Demar’s 21st birthday.
One of six children, Demar has a brother with autism. It’s full on, but with love and communication, Courtenay and Matetu get past the daily struggles to make family life work, and work well.
Courtenay shared her story with Attitude. You can watch the video below or visit the Attitude TV channel on YouTube.