Amputation a shock for family
WHAT was supposed to be a routine knee replacement operation has had dire consequences for much-loved Eidsvold resident Mary Nelson.
Daughter Peta Hill said unfortunately the operation did not run as routinely as first thought, with Mary suffering some complications.
“As a result she underwent an above-the-knee amputation, a courageous decision that ultimately saved her life,” she said.
“Mum has been receiving intensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation at the Geriatric and Rehabilitation Services Centre in Rockhampton, trying to rebuild her strength after being so gravely ill.
“She is missing home like crazy and we have our fingers crossed she will be transferred back to Eidsvold Hospital today.”
Mary is well known in Eidsvold for her generous support of others in the community and now people are rallying to support her in her time of need.
Dot Hamilton OAM said the community of Eidsvold and other local communities had been a massive support to Mary and her family since the initial operation in June – on Black Friday no less.
“To help Mary with her adjustment to life as an amputee, the Eidsvold Show Society, along with community members, is putting together some fundraising events,” she said.
“Mary has been a stalwart of the Eidsvold community.
“I encourage everyone to come and support her by giving back a little of the time and support that Mary has given her community for some 60 plus years.”
Anyone wanting more information about the fundraising events is invited to contact Dot Hamilton OAM, Trisha Pope or Peta Hill.
RECOVERING: Mary Nelson in hospital.