Long recovery for injured worker

The Western Star - - Rural Weekly -

THE long road to recovery is un­der way for Jen­nings man Chris Leamy, who was in­volved in a hor­rific work­place in­ci­dent last month. Mr Leamy had both arms sev­ered after they were caught in a ma­chine at Coun­try Farm Fresh Mush­rooms in Bal­lan­dean on June 17. The 40-year-old was air­lifted to Bris­bane’s

Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal condition. And while he is still in hos­pi­tal fac­ing a long recovery, he has been moved to Greenslope­s and is no longer con­sid­ered crit­i­cal.

Em­ployer Neil New­man said Mr Leamy still had more surg­eries to come. Last Thurs­day evening a meet­ing was held in Bal­lan­dean, with com­mu­nity mem­bers ral­ly­ing to or­gan­ise a fundraiser to sup­port Mr Leamy.

“The Wal­lan­garra/ Jen­nings Progress As­so­ci­a­tion and Bal­lan­dean Hall and Sports Club have got their heads to­gether to set up a fundrais­ing event for Chris,” Bal­lan­dean Hall com­mit­tee mem­ber Gra­ham Parker said.

“It’s early stages but we’re think­ing prob­a­bly a live mu­sic event. Get some of the lo­cal bands/mu­si­cians and do some­thing down at

Bal­lan­dean Soc­cer Club.

“At this point in time we’re just get­ting to­gether to agree on the di­rec­tion we want to go in.”

A call from Wal­lan­garra res­i­dent Bren­dan Cu­sack to Mr Parker set the ball in motion.

“He told me the as­so­ci­a­tion down there had got to­gether to see what they could do and wanted to see if the Bal­lan­dean com­mu­nity would be sup­port­ive of it,” he said.

Mr Parker said the fam­ily seemed sup­port­ive of their ef­forts.

“He’s a pretty pri­vate sort of guy (Chris),” he said.

“He does a bit in the com­mu­nity but does it qui­etly be­hind the scenes.

“He’s suf­fered life-chang­ing in­juries and as he in­te­grates back into the com­mu­nity, if that’s what he wants to do, he needs to know the com­mu­nity will be sup­port­ive.”

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