Daniel Andrews to leave intensive care but expecting ‘very long’ recovery path

Premier Daniel Andrews will be moved from intensive care into a ward on Saturday but revealed he is expecting a “very long journey” to recover from a fractured vertebra and broken ribs.

Mr Andrews does not require surgery on his injured spine for now, after sources close to the Premier said on Thursday there was a 50 per cent chance surgery would be needed over the weekend.

Premier Daniel Andrews was taken to The Alfred hospital on Tuesday.Credit:Eddie Jim

He has been in the intensive care unit of The Alfred hospital since Tuesday evening following a fall on “wet and slippery steps” in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

In a post on Facebook on Saturday, the Premier said “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”.

Orthopaedic surgeons this week said the standard recovery period for Mr Andrews’ injury – a fractured T7 vertebra in the middle of the back – was between six and 12 weeks.

Associate Professor Steve McGloughlin, the intensive care unit director at The Alfred, said in a statement that Mr Andrews was “in good spirits and remained in a stable condition”.

“Mr Andrews is comfortable and doing well. There is no plan for surgery at this stage,” he said.

The Premier was at a holiday home in the Mornington Peninsula when he fell on Tuesday morning, the same day he was due to attend a press conference announcing a state inquiry into Indigenous inequality.

He was initially taken to Peninsula Private hospital before being moved to The Alfred trauma centre in the evening.

More to come.

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