Injury recovery going swimmingly
Two years after surgeons emptied his torso of organs then returned them during a lifesaving operation, Dean Kerns wants to conquer Australia’s longest open-water swim.
The father of four had his bowel perforated in an accident at home in August 2015, an injury that could have killed him in hours.
The scar tissue stops him surfing as much as he would like.
Against medical advice, he chose to test himself in the Rottnest Channel Swim just six months later.
He always liked swimming but that was his first open-water event.
Now, he is training for the 25km Port to Pub ultramarathon in March, the longest event of its kind in the country.
“I’m fully over the surgery, the scar’s started to really heal so I can give it all I’ve got,” Mr Kerns said.
Dean Kerns is setting himself for the 25km Port to Pub swim in March.