Josh Lawrence may have suffered a number of setbacks over the past three months, but he is staying positive.
The 29-year-old Woonona man, who has Down syndrome, fell from the balcony of his first-floor apartment in June and crushed his lower spinal cord beyond repair.
He had only been living on his own for six weeks, after years of learning the skills to live independently. Josh is now in a wheelchair and will not walk again.
His family and friends had hoped to bring him home from Prince of Wales Hospital to celebrate his 30th birthday in November, but complications caused by his injuries, including blood clots in his lungs, has pushed his proper homecoming until at least December.
Cathy Potter, one of Josh's long-term carers and a very close friend, said it was devastating to see him lose the independence he had worked so hard for.
But his sunny disposition never falters.
"He's had a number of setbacks since the accident happened in June, but he fights back and his concern is for everyone else," she said.
"His dream has been shattered, but he's an inspiration. Every time I see him he says 'don't be sad for me'.
"Hopefully things will get better from here on in."
At this stage, Josh will be once again living with his mum when he returns home, but the house needs a number of modifications to suit his needs.
Josh has always loved wrestling, so his friend Luke Potter has organised a show by the Ultimate Wrestling Alliance at Wests Illawarra tonight to raise money for Josh's future medical expenses.
Ms Potter has organised to bring Josh home for the evening to attend the fund-raiser.
"He's just so excited, he's rapt," she said.
Doors for tonight's show open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children under 16 and $50 for a family.
All the money from the tickets will go to Josh and his family.
Anyone wishing to make donations towards Josh's medical expenses can contact Luke Potter on 0413 841 462.