Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has made what is effectively his first public appearance since his nasty fall earlier this week, sharing a photo from his new hospital room after being discharged from intensive care, and thanking his supporters.
“Good to get out of ICU and settled in new digs,” he said, alongside a photo of him sitting on a hospital bed, wearing a back brace. “Thanks for all your messages and well wishes. It really means a lot.”
Good to get out of ICU and settled in new digs.
Thanks for all your messages and well wishes. It really means a lot. pic.twitter.com/ujdm3WJ3a9
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) March 13, 2021
Earlier this week, 48-year-old Daniel Andrews was transported to the Alfred Hospital after slipping on stairs at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula. It is understood he suffered a fracture of the T7 vertebrae in his mid-back, and there were concerns he may have needed spinal surgery.
In an earlier Tweet, he shared a statement from the Alfred Hospital, updating on his condition. He wrote:
“The good news is no surgery for now – but the doctors tell me recovery and rehab is still going to be a very long journey. Our thanks to the entire team at [The Alfred] for their care and professionalism. Like all our health professionals, they are the best of Victoria.”
He earlier thanked health care workers, saying:
“Cath, the kids and I are extremely grateful to the Ambulance Victoria paramedics who showed such care and kindness to our family this morning, as we are to the clinicians who have taken care of me today.”
Deputy Premier James Merlino is currently filling in for Daniel Andrews, and orthopedic surgeons have suggested that it may be weeks or even months before he is able to fully resume his duties as the Premier of Victoria.