Anti-violence festival for brain-damaged Damo
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.
Overgrown: Rose Kettles in her front yard
Out of coma: Damien Smith