Boy may be left blind after horror motocross crash

Rowan Gillam was left fighting for h is life following a motocross crash at Fort Lytton in November 14.
Rowan Gillam was left fighting for h is life following a motocross crash at Fort Lytton in November 14.

A young boy who was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash that left him in a coma has made a miraculous physical recovery, but his devastated parents say he could be blind for the rest of his life.

Little Rowan Gillam, 7, was competing in his first ever motocross event in November when he lost control and was thrown 15 metres through trees during a practice session at the Fort Lytton Motocross Club.

Rowan was placed into an induced coma at Queensland Children's Hospital with critical head injuries, including swelling on his brain, with fears he would die.

John and Jill Gillam with their son Rowan, following surgery on his head earlier this year.
John and Jill Gillam with their son Rowan, following surgery on his head earlier this year.

The Corinda State School student has endured a long battle to regain some of his physical strength, including multiple brain and skull surgeries.

But he faces an even tougher test now, with the prospect of never being able to see again, his brave parents John and Jill Gillam told The Courier-Mail.

"Rowan suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and has been diagnosed with cortical blindness in both eyes from the injury," a statement from the couple said.

"A brain injury is very much the unknown, so we haven't been given an idea of what to expect really, in relation to his eyesight as this is from injury to the back of the brain."

Rowan aims to continue his schooling between treatments, while receiving help from Vision Australia.

Between surgeries earlier this year, Rowan spent his time singing and speaking to his thousands of followers on Instagram.

"I had my brain fixed," Rowan said in one video last month.

"I lost this part of my skull and now it's put back in.

"(The operation) has gone good, but my head's like bald, they gave me a haircut and it's as spiky as dad's beard."

Rowan Gillam is on the road to recovery after his crash, but may face permanent blindness.
Rowan Gillam is on the road to recovery after his crash, but may face permanent blindness.


Mr and Mrs Gillam have shared videos of the seven-year-old singing his favourite songs Baby by Justin Beiber and Fly Me to the Moon by Count Basie.

"We are seeing many strengths and traits in him during the time in hospital," the couple said.

"It's unbelievable to us that he's laughing and joking most of the time."

Almost $40,000 has been raised for Rowan's medical expenses via a Go Fund Me account called Rally Around Rowan.

Among the hundreds of messages of support he's received, Australian celebrities, such as Guy Sebastian, Jeff Fenech and Bliss from hip-hop trio Bliss n Eso, have also sent their well wishes. 

"I just wanted to send you guys a whole lot of love, especially little Rowan," Sebastian said.

"I know you guys are doing it tough at the moment, but we're all praying for you and we're all thinking of you.

"I hope you guys pull through this as a family together and stay strong and we're all thinking of you."

Originally published as Boy may be left blind after horror motocross crash


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