Am­pu­ta­tion a shock for fam­ily

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­COV­ER­ING: Mary Nel­son in hos­pi­tal.

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