CQ residents rally so Cody can recover

CODY Weir's long road to recovery just got a little easier with Central Queensland residents banding together to hold a benefit in his honour.

Cody, 16, suffered severe head injuries when he was thrown head-first from a motorbike last April while checking the fences at his parents' Ogmore property, north of Marlborough.

He was first airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital, then later taken to Brisbane where he would spend another three weeks in a medically induced coma in intensive care before being moved to a high dependency unit for another few weeks.

Cody was then transferred back to Rockhampton Hospital where he has remained ever since.

Fiona Noakes, a friend of the family and Marlborough resident, said Cody was now starting to talk, but was mainly communicating through hand signals.

She said Cody had just started to spend weekends at home and everyone was hoping he would walk again.

Mrs Noakes said Cody had now moved to the top of a long rehabilitation waiting list.

Mrs Noakes said the idea of the benefit had come from a community meeting in Marlborough, which her husband Michael called last year.

She said the community had pledged $1500 at the meeting and about 300 people were expected at the benefit.

The benefit is planned for February 25 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. For tickets or donations, contact Mrs Noakes on 4935?6491. Tickets are also available from Rocky Feed and Seed, Gladstone Road, Rockhampton.

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