Keith's second shot an inspiration
KEITH Hodgkinson may never ride a motorcycle again, but he owns a set of wheels, is an inspiration to others and thankfully has a second shot at life.
The 55-year-old local has had a long road to recovery since a motorcycle accident on the Pacific Highway last year left him in a wheelchair.
Keith was raising money for a children’s foundation taking part in a charity ride when he crashed near Corindi on September 27th.
After 15 long months of rehabilitation, he will get some of his independence back when he moves into a unit today.
Physiotherapists say they’ll be sad to see him leave.
In his time in hospital Keith has made a big impact on hospital staff and other patients.
“It’s great that Keith has made the progress he has, he’s doing everyday things that months ago just would not have been possible,” physiotherapist Jacquie Wynne said.
“But it won’t be the same without him, he has been our Mr Social Club in the rehabilitation ward.
Keith has helped other patients along the way and even arranged for Bunnings to donate a barbecue to the rehabilitation ward for special celebrations,” she said.
The Advocate visited the reb ward at Keith’s request, so he could thank Jacquie, and local pysio aid Danielle Dixon for helping him get through his tough time.
In the crash, he broke multiple bones in his legs and suffered serious head injuries - the lasting effects of which are short-term memory loss.
“I use a note pad to write things down so I don’t forget and I suffered the shakes when I stand because of the damage to my legs,” Keith said.
“I can’t put a lot of weight on them, but these girls have got me standing again, which means the world to me, they deserve a special big thankyou,” he said.
Fittingly, Keith’s recovery and release from hospital were celebrated by a barbecue in his honour.