Due to a traffic accident in 2017, Michael suffered multiple fractions and a brain injury. He and his wife have been fighting their way back towards normality ever since. A ceiling hoist enables him to do a lot of different daily living activities, rehabilitation exercises, speech therapy, and creative artwork in a safe manner.
“In sickness and in health” has a special meaning for Michael Dvinge and his wife Sonja Zweidick. The two met in Austria, Sonja’s birth country, fell in love and moved to Denmark in 2000. During the next many years, they not only built a life together but also a company.
However, on June 2, 2017, everything changed.
Life changed forever
That morning, Michael was out cycling with five others. Just as the group of cyclists entered a soft curve, a blue car drove head-on into them and hit four of them.
Two got superficial scratches, a third broke both wrists and one femur, but Michael was hurt the most; his back was broken in three places, one of his lungs was punctured and his ankle, three ribs, and his collarbone were broken.
The doctors told Sonja that he would probably never wake up and if he did, she should expect a very different Michael due to his severe injuries.
Michael did wake up, and as the doctors predicted his trauma affected him very much. He now spent most of his time lying in bed dependant on help from others. The formerly so active athlete could not sit, stand, or walk and was only able to talk with difficulty. He was often anxious and not always aware of where he was or why.
Michael spent the first year after the accident in different rehabilitation and care facilities. In 2019 Sonja moved into an accessible apartment with a ceiling hoist in the bedroom and Michael was able to come home. In addition to being Michael’s wife, Sonja became his full-time carer.
“It has been so good for us. The most important thing is that you can move your body. If you cannot do that it feels like we will never move forward.”
- Sonja Zweidick, Michaels wife