Lifestyle

Dream trip turned to nightmare after Harley strikes roo

SLOW RECOVERY: Sydney man Colin Hutchinson counts down the hours until he can go home to his family after a serious motorbike accident near Barcaldine. He will return to Sydney to complete his recovery in a private rehabilitation facility.
SLOW RECOVERY: Sydney man Colin Hutchinson counts down the hours until he can go home to his family after a serious motorbike accident near Barcaldine. He will return to Sydney to complete his recovery in a private rehabilitation facility. Photo Contributed ROK

TEARS of sorrow sting Colin Hutchinson's eyes as he strokes the scars that have kept him from seeing his grandson grow.

He sobs, as he reflects on the most painful hospital visit he received recently when his Sydney-based family came to Rockhampton Hospital to see him.

"My 16-month-old grandson didn't recognise me and he couldn't understand why I had my collar (hospital neck brace) on," he sobbed.

Mr Hutchinson is undergoing intensive rehabilitation, including learning how to walk again, after the motorbike he was riding slammed into a kangaroo near Barcaldine in April.

Mr Hutchinson was travelling with other Harley Davidson enthusiasts from Sydney to Cairns in a 15-day motorbike ride across New South Wales and Queensland.

About two days into the ride, Mr Hutchinson's bike hit the roo.

He and his bike tumbled over an embankment.

When he stopped suddenly, he noticed a bone protruding from his leg.

He didn't know then he had shattered his ankle, chipped his vertebrae and received compound fractures to his legs.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service airlifted Mr Hutchinson to Rockhampton Hospital, where surgeons inserted titanium rods into his legs.

He has been left with physical and emotional scars.

"When you go away on a 15-day odyssey the last thing in the world you think of is hitting a kangaroo and spending 15 weeks in a hospital getting better so far away from home," he said.

"Ever since I've been here the staff - that's the doctors, nurses, everybody - has been fantastic.

"I couldn't recommend it more highly.

"Every small step I take is one that will bring me closer to going home to my family ... I can't wait to get back to them. I will never stop riding a motorbike because of this accident, but I dearly hope it doesn't happen again."

He will return to Sydney to complete his recovery in a private rehabilitation facility.

Topics:  barcaldine, motorbike, rockhampton hospital




REVEALED: The most common smartphone killer...

Customers try out rose gold iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones at the Apple Store near the West Lake in Hangzhou city, east China's Zhejiang province, 25 September 2015.Apple launched its iPhone 6s or 6s Plus around the world on Friday (25 September 2015). Apple enthusiasts in China can now pick up their pre ordered smartphones at Apple stores. The pre order channel on Apple's official website is accessible for a limited time every day. According to reports, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are expected to break sales records currently held by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus of last year.

It has claimed nearly 9 million smartphones.

Driver rescued from truck to be transported by chopper

Emergency Services, Ambulance, QAS, 
Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

Helicopter rescue en route to crash site

Rio crime hits former Rocky man

The spectacular view from the Statue of Christ The Redeemer high above Rio.

The camera operator and a journalist were approached on the beach

Latest deals and offers


Your Chance to Win

A Holiday to Kingfisher Bay!
Learn More

GIG GUIDE: Gigs across CQ in the coming weeks

A Breach of Silence, the band.

Lots of live music gigs set for Central Queensland stages

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

What's on the big screen this week

Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

MATT Damon returnx in the spy thriller Jason Bourne.

MOVIE REVIEW: Goldstone sure to become Aussie classic

Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in a scene from the movie Goldstone.

DIRECTOR Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen reunite for Mystery Road sequel

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Iconic Denison St building sold for close to $1M

The Swan Hotel building in Denison St.

ONE of Rockhampton’s most iconic buildings has been sold

Unique Rockhampton bar hits the market

HOT PROPERTY: Cuban themed bar Chango Chango is up for sale.

Popular Rocky bar hits the market.

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd