Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews says he has no plans to quit politics after breaking his spine and breaking some ribs in the fall when his wife thought he would kill him.
The couple released a video on social media before returning to work on Monday, explaining how Andrews skated down the stairs as he was preparing for work on a holiday rental on the Mornington Peninsula on March 9.
“When I stepped into the first step. I knew I was in trouble. It didn’t really lead to a step that just slipped straight. It was almost floating in the air.” Andrews said in a four-minute video.
“Then all I can hear is this omnipotent crunch.
“I knew when I heard the crunch. I thought this was serious. I’m having a problem here.”
Andrews said he couldn’t speak to his wife because he couldn’t breathe.
“She came and found me after a while. It felt like eternity,” he said.
Catherine Andrews remembered what she thought it was the end of her husband.
“It was terrible because you were blue, and we were looking at each other, and I thought you would die here in Sorrento in this villa,” she said in the video. Told.
“You are looking at me, and you feel the same.”
The 48-year-old Prime Minister was taken by ambulance to a private peninsula hospital before being transferred to the Alfred Trauma Center.
X-rays revealed that he persisted in an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra and fractured several ribs.
According to government sources, he barely avoided permanent and “life-changing” spinal cord injuries.
Andrews was discharged on March 15 and has been recovering at home ever since.
In the video, the couple thank the people involved in Andrews’ recovery. This includes his personal protective equipment, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and physiology that first appeared in the field.
“These people have something very special. They are our best,” Andrews said.
“We are as lucky as we were painful, difficult and traumatized.”
He also thanked the tens of thousands of Victorian people for sending letters, cards, emails and messages, and described it as “the best medicine”.
“When there are traumatic moments in life, we reassess things, solve them, and remember what really matters,” Andrews said.
“Family is important, but it’s also important to work hard for every Victorian family and deliver it to every family. That’s the vow I swore. That’s the job I have. . “
He said he was “healthy, strong and healthy,” and reiterated his desire to remain prime minister and run for the next Victorian election in November 2022.
“I’m running, I’m running to win. I have an unfinished business and I’m determined to get it done,” Andrews said.
The couple also mentioned “sneaky” unfounded rumors that have spread online since the fall of Andrews, including what happened at the house of businessman Lindsay Fox.
No credible evidence has been provided to support the denied claim.
“Politics is not always the case,” Andrews said, and one of the most moving messages he received came from former liberal Victorian Prime Minister Ted Beilou, who suffered a serious back injury. He added.
The politician told Andrews to heal properly before returning to work.
Acting Prime Minister James Merlino confirmed that Andrews would take over on Sunday at 10 pm.
“We all know how long and painful a recovery is for someone with a serious back injury, and Dan needed that time to fully recover,” he said. Told reporters on Sunday.
“I am delighted. The entire cabinet, the government is delighted that he will recover tomorrow.”