Rarely does someone go overseas for a holiday with friends and come back as someone who has survived a terrorist attack and an atrocity whose aftermath resembled an horrendous war zone.
Rarely does someone survive a blast as devastating as the Bali bombing on 12th October 2002 that killed 202 innocent people, including 88 Australians. Andrew Csabi has survived gracefully and admirably. While he continues to deal with his injuries ten years on, he is so thankful to be alive: so thankful to be able to share his story with people and continue to share a drink or two with mates.
He is a true inspiration who moves people to the core with his presence and so often moves them to tears when he speaks of his experiences. He has looked death squarely in the eye and has refused to be beaten.
He has smelled the stench of chemicals and burning flesh, heard the screams and cries for help, seen the tears, the anguish and heartbreak or family members who lost loved ones … many who continue to suffer to this day.
From that moment on, his life would never be the same as it was.
“I love you, Son. You have done well. I’m proud of your achievements and for the man you are. You turned a tragedy into your personal triumph.” Charles Csabi