Covid-19 Australia: Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews talks about his recovery from spinal cord injury

Dan Andrews reveals he is still suffering from the effects of the fall, which left him out of work for three months – while joking that his daily Covid press conferences are good for his broken back

  • Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews candid about recovery from March autumn
  • He suffered a spinal cord injury in a building in Sorrento in southeastern Melbourne
  • Premier broke five ribs and fractured his T7 vertebra after falling on wet stairs
  • Mr Andrews joked that daily Covid-19 press conferences were good for his back

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews says his back is “completely healed” but his ribs are still not working after his fall in March.

Mr Andrews was asked how his recovery was progressing during Sunday’s press conference to address the latest developments surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak in the state.

“Yeah right,” he replied. “My back has completely healed. Not my ribs.’

Andrews joked that it was a “joy” to get up for a long time and give updates.

Mr Andrews slipped and fell on a wet kick, breaking several ribs and fracturing his T7 vertebra, revealing that while his back was ‘completely healed’ his ribs were not

“It does my attitude a world of good,” he said.

Mr Andrews went on medical leave on March 9 after he slipped and fell on a wet kick, breaking several ribs and fracturing his T7 vertebra.

It was then that he was getting ready for work on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mr Andrews returned to work at the end of June.

“When I put my foot on the first step. I knew I was in trouble. I didn’t really feel connected to the step, it just slipped off, I was almost in the air,” he said at the time.

‘Then all I hear is this almighty crunch.

“When I heard the creaking, I knew. I thought this was serious, we’re in trouble here.’

Mr Andrews said he couldn’t call his wife because he couldn’t breathe. She found him moments later.

X-rays revealed he suffered an acute compression fracture of the T7 and fractured several ribs, causing the lower part of his lungs to collapse.

The Victorian Prime Minister said he heard an 'omnipotent crunch' on March 9 after he slipped and fell on a slippery staircase in a Sorrento building in southeastern Melbourne.

The Victorian Prime Minister said he heard an ‘omnipotent crunch’ on March 9 after he slipped and fell on a slippery staircase in a Sorrento building in southeastern Melbourne.

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