Daniel Andrews’ recovery could take ‘months’, no immediate plans for surgery on injured spin

Michael Fowler, Melissa Cunningham and Rachael Dexter (The Age)

Premier Daniel Andrews may be off for up to three months after injuring himself in a fall, leaving open the prospect of an extended political absence at the same time one of his most senior ministers, Police Minister Lisa Neville, is also on leave.

Mr Andrews remained in intensive care at The Alfred hospital on Wednesday in a stable condition under pain management.

Late on Wednesday night, the Premier’s Office said there was no “immediate” need for spinal surgery, according to clinicians at The Alfred.

A government source who spoke on condition of anonymity said there was still more than a 50 per cent chance Mr Andrew’s would need surgery, but that decision would be made closer to the weekend.

Mr Andrews was comfortable, according to The Alfred’s director of ICU, Associate Professor Steve McGloughlin.

“A multidisciplinary team including intensive care, trauma and orthopaedic specialists has developed a treatment plan, together with the Andrews family,” he said.

“Mr Andrews has sustained some serious injuries, and his condition is being monitored closely.”

A leading orthopaedic surgeon said it appeared he had avoided a worst-case scenario of spinal cord damage, which usually occurred at the time of the injury.


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