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



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Planes leave scene of blaze

Queensland Fire and Rescue. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

UPDATE 6.15PM: Fire bomber planes to recommence work tomorrow

CQ Local volunteer groups launch historical book

MEET AND GREET: Marion Hall, Gordon Findlater and John Fletcher.

Historical book launch in Rockhampton last month.

$62m to combat HIV and STIs

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick (left) and Paul Mirabelle, executive chairman at National Home Doctor Service, are guests at the opening of the  Patient Contact Centre at the Gold Coast.

'Queenslanders will be among the healthiest people in the world.'

Local Partners

Gigi Hadid: I'm 'taking the pressure off' myself

Gigi Hadid is trying to "take the pressure off" herself this year.

Ricky Gervais announces first dates of world tour

Ricky Gervais has announced his first world tour in seven years.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in 'final stages' of divorce

Depp's outstanding divorce money to be paid over 15 months

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcome their second child

Mila Kunis won't be naming her second child 'Hawkeye'

First look at Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise in The Mummy

Russell Crowe in a scene from the first teaser trailer for the movie The Mummy.

HOLLYWOOD heavyweights helm serious reboot of action franchise.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Fame is 'unhealthy'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt feels bad perpetuating celebrity culture

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Luxury Rocky property goes under the hammer

1 Scully St, Frenchville.

Multiple bidders expected at auction

REVEALED: What's in store for the Savoy Hotel?

The old Savoy Hotel on William St will be acutioned this weekend.

Local businessman snaps up prime property

Coveted Rocky properties 'hustle' under the hammer

SOLD: The happy buyers of 66 Wandal Rd, with Pat O'Driscoll agents Robyn Bentley and Alex Dunnett after the property went under the hammer Saturday.

Auction sales a sign of confidence in the region

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!