The Courier-Mail



AUSTRALIA’S worst injured survivor of the 2002 Bali bombings was yesterday named Queensland’s Father of the Year.

Gold Coast businessma­n Ben Tullipan, 39, who lost both his legs in the bombing after clinging to a 5 per cent chance of survival, offered a simple message to dads: cherish time with your children.

“At the hospital, they gave everyone a number as to how badly injured they were. I was number one,” Mr Tullipan said. “I had a lot to live for. I wanted a family.”

The now husband and father-of-two was awarded the prestigiou­s title at a ceremony in Brisbane yesterday.

“My family is everything to me; I try and do everything I possibly can with my kids,” he said.

Wife Kerrie said Ben never let being a double amputee affect his ability as a dad.

“I don’t see the disability,” Mrs Tullipan said.

“He’s a hero to me and he’s a hero to our kids.”

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