In­jury re­cov­ery go­ing swimmingly

The West Australian - - NEWS - Liam Croy

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.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

Dean Kerns is set­ting him­self for the 25km Port to Pub swim in March.

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