Te Awamutu Courier
MP recovers after tree felling accident
A Waikato National MP is taking leave from Parliament after breaking both arms and suffering rib and spinal injuries in a tree felling accident.
Tim van de Molen is recovering at Waikato Hospital after falling from a platform on Saturday.
The 37-year-old was helping his father-in-law clear a tree damaged by the previous weekend’s storm when the accident happened.
“Since arriving at Waikato Hospital, I have undergone several surgeries to address my injuries; the medical team expect I will be released from hospital next week,” said Tim.
“I’d like to thank St John’s staff for their prompt response and professionalism which led to me receiving a very high standard of care from the outset.
“I also extend my heartfelt thanks to the staff at Waikato Hospital for the exceptional dedication they have given to my care — especially acknowledging the difficulty of the existing workload being amplified by Covid-19.”
Tim’s Morrinsville electoral office remains open. Gerry Brownlee will act as National’s Defence and Veterans spokesperson and Barbara Kuriger as the Horticulture spokesperson.