Dan Andrews FINALLY reveals when he will return to work three months after slipping down the stairs on holiday and suffering a serious spinal injury
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will return to work on June 28 – more than three months after suffering a serious spinal injury when he fell down the stairs.
In a statement on Saturday night, Mr Andrews said the broken vertabra he suffered on March 9 during the fall at a property in Sorrento, south-east of Melbourne had ‘almost fully healed’.
‘This week I had another round of scans and a meeting with my care team at the Alfred and got some good news,’ he said.
Daniel Andrews was injured on March 9 and spent 10 days in hospital. Conspiracy theorists claimed this image was photoshopped to show his head on some-one else’s body
‘They’re letting me take off the back brace that I’ve had to wear for the last three months.
‘The six broken ribs will take a while longer to finish healing and doctors tell me that between the ribs and getting used to not having the brace on, the next couple of weeks will be a painful adjustment.
‘But overall I’m feeling good and have been given the all-clear to return to work on Monday June 28. I’m looking forward to it’.
In March, the politician suffered a serious back injury after he slipped on stairs at his holiday house and has been on extended sick leave.
He broke five ribs and fractured his T7 vertabra in the fall.
Conspiracy theories over his injury and hiatus from public appearances began circulating shortly after.
However, Mr Andrews quickly quashed these when he ordered Ambulance Victoria to release a statement about their attendance at the incident following questions from Victoria’s Opposition leader.
Liberal leader Michael O’Brien said asking questions was “legitimate” to provide voters with a clear picture of what happened.
In his statement on Saturday, Mr Andrews thanked his wife Catherine and children as well as ambulance officers and medical specialists for looking after him as he healed.
“I’m grateful to James Merlino for stepping in to lead the government and the state through a really difficult time – he’s done an amazing job.
“And finally, a special thanks to the tens of thousands of Victorians – especially all the kids – who’ve sent cards and letters and emails.
“Your kindness and concern is the best medicine … Being Premier is a great honour. I cannot wait to get back to work, fit and healthy – and getting things done.”