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Sandra's up and walking again

WILLPOWER: Monto grandmother Sandra Clarke, pictured with husband Tom, has set her sights to return to her favourite past time of dancing, after spending months in hospital recovering from serious injuries suffered in an accident in early February.
WILLPOWER: Monto grandmother Sandra Clarke, pictured with husband Tom, has set her sights to return to her favourite past time of dancing, after spending months in hospital recovering from serious injuries suffered in an accident in early February.

SANDRA Clarke lay three months in a Brisbane hospital bed afraid she would never walk again - let alone dance.

The Monto grandmother has spent almost four months in Brisbane hospitals recovering from horrific leg, back and eye injuries that left her bed-ridden until five weeks ago.

She suffered the frightful injuries when her vehicle hit a tree on Glencoe Road at Harrami on February 5.

“I don't remember anything except seeing the tree at the last minute,” Sandra said.

“I'm lucky to be alive.”

She was flown from there to Bundaberg Hospital with a shattered left shinbone and a broken right calf bone and a fractured left eye socket before being transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital (RBH)

Sandra spent 19 days in intensive care in RBH and had operations on her broken legs and eye socket.

She said her husband Tom and her daughter who lives in Brisbane were most worried about her during this time.

“I didn't even know how old I was, but I got through it,” Sandra said.

She had a steel rod inserted into her right leg and has a bulky external scaffolding to brace the shattered left leg.

The 65-year-old spent months in bed afraid she would never walk again.

Sandra was transferred to St Andrew's Hospital and started her rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

Recalling the moment she first walked again using the parallel bars, Sandra said: “It was a really emotional time for me as I hadn't walked for so long.

“I didn't think I would walk again.”

Since those first unsteady steps, the grandmother of six has been undergoing intensive physiotherapy to strengthen her legs and her back, which still pains her.

“I've come a long way from where I was sitting on the edge of the bed with my head on my chest.”

Sandra is unsure when she will go home, not even knowing when the date of the operation to remove the device on her leg.

But she is hoping to get out soon, even if only for a few weeks.

But Sandra has already set her eyes on returning to a favourite hobby.

“I want to dance again,” she said.

Sandra sometimes danced twice a week, learning from Barb and Trevor Wilson at their property near Thangool.

First she must strengthen her back.

“I will probably wear myself out and wish I was back in hospital,” the grandma joked.

Sandra is now getting about without a walker.

But though it tires her, it is not hard to believe this determined granny will be back on the dance floor again.


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