Damo returns home
DAMIEN “Damo” Smith has been relocated to a neurological ward in Hobart, Tasmania, to continue his rehabilitation to help recover from a brain injury.
When the 40-year-old woke up from a month-long inducedcoma after sustaining a fractured skull and being found unconscious on Grant St on November 11, Damien could not move the left side of his body.
One month since he woke up from the coma and with rehabilitation, Damo has full mobility and use of his limbs and physically is in good health.
However, due to the severity of the head-injury sustained, Damo has lost short term memories and has trouble retaining new memories and understanding where he is and why.
Simon Macfie said his best friend cannot stop talking but his memories are jumbled and they are slowly learning more from him about the night he was found unconscious with a fractured skull.
“Damien remembers a lot but he has a scattered memory, one minute switches conversations and jumps all over the place, but each day he reveals a little bit more,” he said.
While the investigation is continuing in Port Douglas, Damien is an in-patient at the Royal Hobart Hospital receiving extensive rehabilitation and his surgeon has told police he is not yet in a position to communicate effectively.
Despite the early stages, Damien has told family and friends he is keen to eventually return to Port Douglas.
“He’s very keen to come back to Port, he’s a good friend of Ellie at Paddy’s and when she came down to see him, he said he’ll be back to have a beer at Paddy’s, go to the Iron Bar and party back on the boat, “Mr Macfie said.
“There are good signs, the unfortunate thing is when we got to Hobart they were saying due to lack of rehab when he first came out it probably put him back a few weeks.
“He shouldn’t have had the stimulus he did like so many different faces and nurses in and out of the surgical ward, magazines and television.
“The brain is trying to reprogram itself and doesn’t need new stimulus making it very confusing for him, but the Cairns Base Hospital did a fantastic job with what they had available.”
Damo’s family is relieved to be able to return home with him, going back to their daily jobs and receiving support from other family members and their friends.
If you have any information on what happened to Damien Smith on the night of November 11, call police on 4087 1999 or crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Recovering in Hobart: Damien Smith