Brave Rockhampton teen leaves Brisbane hospital
AFTER a difficult three and a half months, brave Rockhampton teen Campbell Miller-Waugh has finally left hospital.
The 16-year-old Rockhampton Grammar School student became a day-only patient at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane last week.
On Friday, Campbell's aunty Annette Kerr said this was a great step forward.
"He still has a lot more to go through, but this gives him a little bit more freedom and independence to get him ready to come home," she said.
Campbell, an avid triathlete, suffered a serious spinal injury after coming off his bike riding down Mt Archer in June.
The accident has left him in a wheelchair.
Annette is an emergency medical dispatcher for the Queensland Ambulance Service and was working the day it happened.
"It was horrible to realise it was family," she said.
But with a positive attitude, a loving family and the support of Central Queensland, Annette said Campbell has come a long way.
"The specialists have said he is one of the most motivated and exceptional patients they've had with a spinal cord injury," she said.
"I think he needed to hear that to keep him going. He has a lot of drive and focus.
"It's hard to accept, but that's just the way it is."
Annette said she was travelling down to Brisbane to visit Campbell for the weekend.
She was looking forward to delivering a special signed present to him from Olympic cyclist Anna Meares.
"I'm very grateful and appreciative for the support he's received," she said.
"It's been unbelievable. That part you don't expect."
In a touching tribute to the strong young man, RGS students sang Campbell Happy Birthday at their assembly in August and posted the video online.
The Rockhampton Cycle for Life group also got together to celebrate and send their support his way.
A fundraising page for Campbell has so far raised over $6000.
Annette said a 200 Club Night would be held in support of Campbell in Gladstone on November 21 (see fact box for details).
She said they were unsure when he would be able to return to Rockhampton.
200 CLUB NIGHT
When: November 21
Where: Mick Daley's Boxing Shed, Barney Point
Prizes: 1st - Yaralla Gym Lifestyle package valued at $900, 2nd - 3 nights for 2 adults at Surfers Paradise Watermark resort and spa (donated by Helloworld Travel), 3rd - $270 Seaspray Resort Yeppoon voucher
Cost: $100 for two people
How: Call Carmel Miller on 0417 611 083 or Annette Kerr on 0408 435 563
To donate visit mycause.com.au/page/campbellmillerwaugh