New fears Dan Andrews won’t be able to get back to work as planned as he continues to recover from his ‘nasty’ fall
- The Victorian Premier suffered five broken ribs and a broken T7 vertebra
- Slipped on wet stairs at a vacation rental and was immediately taken to hospital
- Doctors are happy with his recovery, but he may not return to work within 10 days
Dan Andrews may not be able to return to work in ten days as he continues to recover from broken ribs and a broken spine.
The Victorian Premier sustained five broken ribs and a broken T7 vertebra on March 9 after slipping on wet stairs at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne.
He was released from Alfred Hospital six days later and has made steady progress at home, but state officials fear the 48-year-old will not be healthy enough to resume his political duties as planned in late April.
‘This was a nasty, nasty injury. Broken ribs, broken vertebrae, ”Acting Prime Minister James Merlino told reporters on Thursday.
The Victoria Prime Minister (pictured with wife Cath) was rushed to hospital when he fell on wet stairs in front of a house his family was renting on the Mornington Peninsula
Mr Andrews (pictured) said he is making ‘steady progress’ in his recovery from his terrible fall
“He was very lucky – and that was the message from his doctors when he was fired.”
When asked if Mr. Andrews is scheduled to return to work in ten days, Mr. Merlino replied, “He’ll be back when his doctors say he can come back.”
He added that the 48-year-old is making good progress and doctors are happy with his recovery.
“Anyone with a serious back injury knows that recovery is difficult and that of course everyone is different, but the doctors are happy,” he said.
On April 4, the prime minister posted an update on Twitter, saying he was finally back on his feet and could walk 18 minutes a day.
Mr. Andrews (photo, back) is undergoing his rehabilitation process at his home in Melbourne
The Victorian Prime Minister on Easter Sunday revealed he can walk 18 minutes a day
“I’m making steady progress and diligent with my physio exercises,” he wrote.
Mr. Andrews expressed his gratitude to Victorians who sent him support over the Easter holidays for his continued recovery.
“Thanks for all your support over the past few weeks,” he tweeted alongside a photo of a card and some chocolate eggs.
“They really helped keep my spirits up in this pretty painful time.”
After the fall, Mr. Andrews rushed to hospital and transferred to a specialized trauma center at The Alfred Hospital, before announcing that he would be on leave.
“It has been a long, painful and difficult week,” he wrote at the time.
Daniel Andrews broke his T7 vertebrae (in red), which is located in the center of the spine
‘My doctors also want me to rest and follow an extensive physiotherapy program. That is why I am taking at least six weeks of leave from my work. ‘
He also revealed that a doctor told him ‘you are very lucky to be here in one piece’ and urged him to buy a lottery ticket.
‘I am not sure about the Tattslotto ticket, but I am confident that, with peace of mind, continued high quality care and the support of family, friends, colleagues and the Victorian community, I will return to the work I love as soon as possible, ”said Mr. Andrews.
Deputy Prime Minister James Melino will continue to act as Prime Minister.
Mr Merlino, who has been Deputy Prime Minister since 2014, sought to reassure Victorians that he could fill Mr Andrews’ shoes for an extended period of time if necessary.
“We made a commitment in 2014, when we first joined the government, not to waste a day,” he said.