Luke Buckton.
Luke Buckton. Contributed

Small steps to recovery for ex-Rocky man in ICU

MORE than a week after Luke Buckton crashed his motorbike in Mackay, the former Rockhampton man is still in a critical condition at Townsville Hospital.

But there have been positive signs in the past week as his sister Chantelle watched him breathe unassisted for 15 minutes on Friday.

In an update on Facebook to friends and family of Luke's health, Friday was a great day for the father of two.

"Luke's sensor has been turned off and gets removed (on Saturday), sedation is now completely off and Chantelle witnessed him breathe by himself (no ventilation) for 15 minutes,” the post reads.

"There will be no sleep for us tonight he has one excited wifey, mummy and sissy.”

Luke Buckton and his family.
Luke Buckton and his family. Contributed

But it is a rollercoaster for the family as on Sunday a post read no update means no change.

"Luke still remains in a stable but critical condition,” the post reads.

"Tomorrow is a new day, we are all gunning for more positive changes.”

Last Wednesday was also an eventful day for the family with Luke suffering a seizure during his routine rolls in the morning.

His pressure spiked but was brought back down by the doctors and nurses who changed his dosages.

"Dr James explained it was a stable day and his patterns of things occurring are exactly as they should be due to the results of his injuries,” the Facebook post reads.

"Some positives though.

"About that same time he was coughing and his nurse at the time was able to clear out a lot of mucus from his chest from physio.

"We also got told that during his pain stimulation of his fingers he tried pulling both hands away not all the time but its happening and we will take every ounce or positivity).”

One thing that remains certain is that is family is sticking by his side including his wife of nine months Mel.

One of Mel's closest friends Patricia is organising a raffle to raise money for the family so they can stay by his side.

There has also been a GoFundMe page set up to raise money.

If you would like to donate to the family or contribute to the raffle visit.

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