It’s unclear if Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews will return to work within 10 days, but his deputy claims to be making steady progress after a serious back injury.
Andrews suffered a rib fracture and a T7 vertebra fracture after sliding down a wet staircase at a villa on the Mornington Peninsula on March 9.
The 48-year-old boy was discharged on March 15 and has since recovered at home.
At the time, he said he needed at least six weeks of vacation to recover.
Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino is Prime Minister in his absence.
“This was a nasty and nasty injury. Rib fracture, vertebra fracture. He was very lucky and it was a message from his doctor when he was discharged (from the hospital),” Merlino said on Thursday. I told reporters.
“But Dan’s doctors are pleased that he is making good progress.”
Asked if the premiere would return to work as planned within 10 days, Merlino replied, “If a doctor says he can come back, he will come back.”
“In the next few weeks, he will get advice from his doctor about when it is appropriate to return, but they are happy with his recovery.
“Of course, anyone with a severe back injury knows that recovery is difficult and varies from person to person, but doctors are happy.”
Merlino keeps in touch with Andrews on important issues on a regular basis, but most of the time he “leaves him alone to focus on recovery.”
Earlier this month, Andrews used social media to wish Victorians a Happy Easter and provide them with the latest information on his recovery.
“I’m making steady progress and I’m enthusiastic about practicing physiotherapy,” he said.
“Also, I’ve accumulated my walking, and it takes up to about 18 minutes to walk every day.”
The Prime Minister, who barely avoided permanent damage to the spinal cord, thanked the community for their good luck since his injury.
“They really helped me maintain my spirit during quite difficult times.”