Months after Kevin Hayley became a paraplegic, he and his partner Emma embarked on an 18,000km trip around Australia

“What the hell am I doing? This is completely insane,” I thought, watching as my boyfriend Kev vomited strenuously into a plastic tub. He slumped, shaking and exhausted, back on to a pile of fetid sheets, heated from within by his fever.

We were holed up in a motel room in Warrnambool, on the south-western coast of Victoria, on day two of a four-month camping trip around Australia. Beside the bed sat a shiny new wheelchair he didn’t know how to use.

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