Surfing Doctors member Nuno Abreu Urgently Needs Your Help

Last September, Surfing Doctors member and Portuguese General Surgeon, Nuno Abreu, was thrown by a wave against the bottom of the sea while bodyboarding at Supertubos. He seriously injured his cervical spine and is now quadriplegic.

Nuno needs our help to be able to return to his home and family, with all the necessary conditions and adaptations his new life requires.

Nuno Barahona Abreu, a surgeon, is 42 years old, owner of an easy smile and unique humour. He is father to Henrique and Jacinto and it has been eleven years that his heart has belonged to Marisa. He is always ready to help those in need. He is generous, sensitive and always friendly.

Nuno is passionate about sports. He has been a bodyboarder since forever, passionate competitor of rowing, underwater fishing, bicycle, running, amongst so many others. The list is endless. He loves being outdoors and doing any sport that makes him feel the sea in his body, the forest in his eyes and the wind in his skin. He is a brother, a son, a son-in-law, a brother-in-law, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew – above all, a friend. Friend of so many.

On the 29th of September 2021, Nuno had a very serious accident on Supertubos beach, in Peniche. Thrown against the bottom of the sea while practicing bodyboard, his life changed drastically. A 180-degree turn, an existence turned upside-down. In a split second everything changed.

Rescued by other surfers who were there at the moment of the accident, Nuno was taken to the Hospital de Santa Maria, where the diagnosis was finally given to him: he had fractured his cervical spine, injured his spinal cord and his mobility was greatly affected. He was operated and hospitalized for 15 days in Intensive Care Unit and then more than a month in the Orthopedics ward.

On the 4th of November he was transferred to the Alcoitão Rehabilitation Center where he remains hospitalized and where he is training daily in an arduous and focused way to be able to return home and face a whole new reality that awaits him, Marisa and their children.


Nuno, a friend of so many, needs our help.

To read more about the accident and the funding campaign, please go here – and see how you could possibly help.


A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed already to help Nuno along the way to a new life.




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