Anti-vi­o­lence fes­ti­val for brain-dam­aged Damo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DAMIEN “Damo” Smith has wo­ken from a coma with brain dam­age as his mates pre­pare for Sun­day’s anti-vi­o­lence fes­ti­val be­ing held to help raise money for his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Damien is off the crit­i­cal list at Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal and is breath­ing on his own, how­ever, best friend Si­mon Macfie said his re­cov­ery has a long way to go.

“He has some pretty se­ri­ous brain dam­age, he’s vir­tu­ally breath­ing by him­self but he still can’t talk or move his left arm,” he said.

“Un­til the se­da­tion wears off we don’t re­ally know.”

Po­lice are no closer to de­ter­min­ing what caused Damo’s hor­rific head in­juries af­ter he was dis­cov­ered un­con­scious on Grant St around 1.15am on Fri­day, Novem­ber 11, and are ap­peal­ing for any­one who saw him out that night and are yet to give a state­ment to po­lice to come for­ward.

The anti-vi­o­lence fes­ti­val is be­ing held this Sun­day from mid­day at the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club and Si­mon is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to at­tend, not just for Damien but to stand up against vi­o­lence.

“Po­lice will talk about vi­o­lence in town, med­i­cal staff will give a talk about how easy it is to end up like Damien from a fight and peo­ple and par­ents should know how dan­ger­ous fight­ing is,” Si­mon said.

There will be eight bands play­ing for free to help raise money for Damien and his fam­ily in­clud­ing Kim Hur­ley, the Walker Broth­ers, Larry Cash, Cutie Wid Dredz, the An­tipody­lans, the Gus­man, Fash­ion Tips for Trac­tors and Tonic.

“It’s go­ing to be fan­tas­tic day with lo­cal mu­si­cians all ded­i­cat­ing their time for noth­ing and there’s go­ing to be a sausage siz­zle and it will be a fan­tas­tic fam­ily day,” Si­mon said.

“And there are un­be­liev­able prizes to be given away like helicopter rides, trips out to the reef, din­ing vouch­ers around Port Dou­glas, jew­ellery shop vouch­ers, chemist and Coles prizes - the whole town pulled to­gether and now all we need is numbers.

“On a per­sonal note, Damien’s go­ing to be in re­hab for a very long time, if he can get to a state where can feed him­self and walk he will be very lucky, but it’s go­ing to be a while and ex­pen­sive.”

Ad­mis­sion is $10 per per­son at the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club from mid­day Sun­day.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Over­grown: Rose Ket­tles in her front yard

Out of coma: Damien Smith

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