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After more than 140 days in hospital, multiple surgeries and countless hours of rehabilitation, Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) patient Mark Brooks is home for Christmas.
Mark’s wife Leigh said being able to spend Christmas at home with her husband was the best gift.
“It’s a miracle Mark is alive, there were moments when we thought he wouldn’t be with us this Christmas,” she said.
In early August, Mark suffered serious face and head injuries when a six-foot tree stump hit him in the face.
“Mark was watching a friend clearing trees with a tractor, the tractor rolled backwards and hit a large tree stump which flew out of the ground and struck Mark. It was a horrible freak accident,” she said.
Mark was flown to PAH in a critical condition and has since spent time in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Neurology Ward and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU).
“This Christmas, Mark and I would like to send a special thank you to everyone involved in saving his life,” Leigh said.
“To the air crew, the ICU team, all the surgeons, the Neurology ward, the BIRU rehab team—thank you for saving my husband’s life.”
Leigh said Mark still had a lot of rehabilitation ahead, but that they were focusing on the positives.
“Mark still has a long way to go with his recovery. He lost his sight in his left eye and his memory and speech has been affected,” she said.
“But if it wasn't for PAH Mark would not be here.
“It’s been 140 days since we got to be in our own home. It’s a Christmas miracle that we’re home now and we get to celebrate with all our friends and family.”