Bob wants his life back
BOB Mackenzie has waited more than a year for an operation so he can get out of bed.
The 59-year-old Coffs Harbour quadraplegic has to spend 23 of every 24 hours in bed which leaves him 'unbearably depressed' and a successful operation would give Mr Mackenzie his life back, but it involves specialised plastic surgery in Sydney's Prince of Wales hospital.
A 'quad' for 43 years, Bob Mackenzie led a full and active life until 2001, when he developed a pressure area which required bed rest. An operation in Sydney in 2003 failed to fix the problem and he was left with an open wound which requires daily dressing and continuing bedrest.
Last August an Outreach Spinal Team specialist told him he would not heal with- out more surgery, but six month of pleas by his doctor and nurses saw him no closer to the operating table, so Bob Mackenzie approached the member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, who raised the matter in Parliament this week.
Yesterday Mr Mackenzie was told his operation was on the list for May or June. He says he wont' open the cham- pagne just yet.