Travis Weir relaxes at Emu Park yesterday and reflects on his recovery from a 50m cliff fall over a year ago near Clermont.
Travis Weir relaxes at Emu Park yesterday and reflects on his recovery from a 50m cliff fall over a year ago near Clermont. CHRIS ISON CI

Injuries haven't beaten Travis

APART from a massive scar and a few aches and pains, it’s safe to say Travis Weir has made a miraculous recovery.

Just over a year ago he fell 50 metres down a cliff and a tree branch impaled his lung.

Yesterday he was enjoying the Christmas holiday season at Emu Park with his family.

He’s been surfing, playing touch football and socialising with little worry.

But it hasn’t been an easy road to recovery for the 24-year-old.

When Travis fell on to sharp rocks from Wolfang Peak, near Clermont, on December 4, 2008 he also suffered a broken leg and ribs.

He had been hiking alone, but amazingly his mobile phone did not smash in the fall and he screamed for help as he waited in pain.

When rescue crews arrived at about 10.30am they had to climb a 200m incline to reach him.

It was a simple case of boredom that sent him on an early morning hike – a trek he had done many times before.

Travis spent four week fighting for his life in hospital before finally be able to return home to Gracemere.

His family has since moved to Emu Park, where he loves to visit when he’s not at work in Clermont.

In one month Travis will start his fourth year as an electrical apprentice at Blair Athol Coal Mine.

Yesterday he said while the accident had put him behind on his apprenticeship, it only made him more determined to catch up.

“I love Clermont, it’s a great place to work,” he said.

Travis said beside a 20cm long scar across his chest and a sore leg everything health-wise was 100%.

“My leg plays up every now and then and aches for a few days,” he said.

“I can play touch but nothing too serious on it and it’s made it a little harder to surf.

“It’s a bit frustrating but I can’t complain.”

Travis is just loving life and taking every step as it comes.



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