Dan Andrews gives health update on serious fall injury
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has been discharged from hospital and will begin a "significant" period of rehabilitation after a "long, painful week".
Mr Andrews was last week moved from intensive care into a ward at The Alfred Hospital after fracturing his T7 vertebrae and breaking multiple ribs when he fell on wet stairs.
"I landed flat on my back and hit the steps hard directly below the shoulder blades fracturing at least five ribs and sustaining an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra," the premier said in a statement today.
"I narrowly avoided permanent damage to my spinal cord.
"These are serious injuries that require me to wear a brace throughout each day except when sleeping.
"My doctors also want me to get rest and undertake a comprehensive program of physiotherapy.
"That's why I will take a leave of absence from my duties for at least six weeks."
Mr Andrews had been getting ready for work at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula last week when he slipped.
This afternoon he thanked ambulance workers and hospital staff for their care.
"I want to make special mention of the Ambulance Victoria paramedics, the entire team of staff at Peninsula Private and Alfred Health from trauma specialists to spinal surgeons, cooks and cleaners and everyone in between," he said.
"I'm grateful to be a Victorian patient and proud of our Victorian health system."
Mr Andrews said recovery will take time and received a stern warning from the medical team.
"It's important that I take this rest and recovery seriously," he said.
"As one trauma specialist said to Cath and I last week, 'you very narrowly avoided a life-changing injury, you should buy a Tattslotto ticket, you are very lucky to be here in one piece'.
"I'm not sure about the Tattslotto ticket but I'm certain that with rest, continued high quality care and the support of family, friends, colleagues and the Victorian community, I'll be back doing the job I love as soon as possible."
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