The Milton family is happy to report that, after almost five months in the
spinal unit at Royal North Shore Hospital, John walked 22m down the hall of
the casualty department into the fresh air.
He was then transported to a rehabilitation centre in Ryde where he is
expected to stay for up to four months although John is keen to leave in
time to attend old friend Ron Finneran's retirement party in Thredbo at the
end of November.
The regime at the Ryde centre is far more physically demanding than at RNS.
"This place is tough and if I survive the
next few months I'll probably jog out of here," said John.
"We're all really pleased with dad's progress. It's a better result than
what we were hoping for way back in March.
"He is an incomplete quadraplegic but, with some more physiotherapy, we
believe he will be able to live quite comfortably at my parents' south
coast home. The challenge now is to make the most of the movement that he
has," explained Michael.
Photo: Upright and outta here! John leaves Royal North Shore