Daniel Andrews moved out of intensive care after fall, with no plans for surgery

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is being moved out of intensive care with “no plan for surgery at this stage”, as he recovers from a fractured vertebra and several broken ribs.

In a brief statement, The Alfred’s intensive care unit director Steve McGloughlin said the Premier was in good spirits and remained in a stable condition following a fall on Tuesday.

“There is no plan for surgery at this stage,” Dr McGloughlin said.

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In a tweet, Mr Andrews said the doctors had told him “recovery and rehab is still going to be a very long journey” and thanked the team at The Alfred hospital.

He later posted an image of himself in hospital showing himself out of intensive care, where he thanked his followers for their “well wishes.”

The ABC understands the Premier has fractured his T7 vertebra in his mid-back and a CT scan revealed several broken ribs.

Mr Andrews suffered the injuries as he was getting ready for work on Tuesday, following a long weekend spent with his family on the Mornington Peninsula.

Orthopaedic surgeons have suggested it could take weeks or months before Mr Andrews will be able to resume his full duties as Premier.

Deputy Premier James Merlino, who also holds the education and mental health portfolios, is acting in his place while he recovers.

Police Minister Lisa Neville is also likely to remain on medical leave until May while she recovers from complications linked to Crohn’s disease, a condition she has been living with for 32 years.



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