Daniel Andrews may never return as Victorian premier after a horror fall while he was getting ready for work at a holiday home, according to radio presenter Neil Mitchell.
Specialists are still evaluating whether Mr Andrews will need surgery to repair his T7 vertebrae after the accident on Tuesday morning at a Mornington Peninsula rental home.
While surgeons have so far delayed operating, it is understood they hold ‘significant concerns’ for the premier’s health.
Daniel Andrews (pictured with wife Catherine) may never return as Victorian premier after a horror fall while he was getting ready for work at a holiday home, according to radio presenter Neil Mitchell.
Mitchell has predicted a long road back for Dan Andrews after his serious fall this week
Mitchell, a leading Melbourne radio presenter, said he understands it will be a long road ahead for the premier.
‘This is serious stuff.. Despite the bravado – and I can understand that from the ministers – nobody can be sure he’ll return as premier,’ he said on 3AW.
‘I am sure he wants to, I’m sure he intends to and he probably will, but at this stage, nobody really knows.
‘I know I disagree with him on a lot of things, a lot of us do, but in the end, we wish him well.’
Specialists are still evaluating whether Andrews will need surgery to repair his T7 vertebrae after the accident on Tuesday
Acting Premier James Merlino on Thursday said Mr Andrews would eventually return to lead the state.
‘I spoke personally with Dan this morning …his focus is getting better and the care that he needs,’ he said on Thursday.
Mr Andrews also suffered fractures to his left and right ribs, with concern growing over his spine following subsequent CAT scans.
The vertebrae injury is considered very serious and surgery would have likely involve adding reinforcing screws and pins.
Orthopaedic spine surgeon John Cunningham said the kind of fracture the premier suffered could be painful.
‘It can cause pain, it can cause immobility and I would expect the pain to last if not three, maybe six months,’ Dr Cunningham told Nine News.
‘These fractures can be really common and often caused by minor trauma, but the pain from them can persist for quite some time.
‘Fortunately they don’t all end up in paraplegia.’
A government source said there still remains a ’50-50 chance’ Mr Andrews will require surgery on his fractured vertebrae.
However the head of the intensive care unit where Mr Andrews is recovering said there were no immediate plans for him to go under the knife.
Mr Merlino (pictured) revealed Victorians will have a much clearer picture of Mr Andrews’s recovery in the coming days and assured residents they will get regular updates on the premier’s condition
Daniel Andrews fractured his T7 vertebrae (pictured), which is in the middle of his spine after slipping on wet stairs at a Mornington Peninsula holiday rental
Mr Merlino, who has been deputy premier since 2014, sought to reassure Victorians he would be able to fill Mr Andrews’ shoes for a longer period if required.
‘We made a commitment back in 2014 when we first came into government to not waste a day,’ he said.
‘Government will continue. I’ll be the acting premier, leading cabinet.’
Mr Andrews was initially treated at Peninsula Private Hospital but transferred to Alfred Trauma Centre in Melbourne after specialists assessed an MRI scan.
Associate Professor Steve McGloughlin, the head of the intensive care unit at The Alfred hospital said the premier was ‘comfortable and his pain is well-controlled’.
The head of the intensive care unit at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne has confirmed his injuries are serious but said he is in a stable condition and there are no immediate plans for surgery
A statement from Mr Andrews on Tuesday revealed a series of horrific injuries uncovered by a CT scan (pictured)
‘A multidisciplinary team including intensive care, trauma and orthopaedic specialists has developed a treatment plan, together with the Andrews family,’ Prof McGloughlin said late on Wednesday.
‘Mr Andrews has sustained some serious injuries and his condition is being monitored closely. At this stage there is no immediate plan for surgery.’
He has been cleared of any internal or head injuries.
‘Heartfelt thanks to the entire team at @AlfredHealth for taking such good care of me. We’re so very grateful,’ Mr Andrews tweeted on Wednesday.