Trevor Heyes recovers in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after a serious motorcycle crash. He was woken from an induced coma about three weeks ago.
Trevor Heyes recovers in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after a serious motorcycle crash. He was woken from an induced coma about three weeks ago. Photo contributed ROK250716heyes

If anyone can get through this, it’s going to be Trevor

IF ANYONE can overcome the devastating injuries from a motorcycle crash, Laurena Furber believes it will be her dad Trevor Heyes.

The 58-year-old Rockhampton man was out riding his motorbike with brother Harry when their ride was cut tragically short last month.

Harry, 61, died at the scene of the three vehicle crash near Kabra on June 17.

Trevor and the 26-year-old female car driver involved were taken to Rockhampton Hospital.

Trevor was later transferred to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where he has undergone several surgeries for serious leg, spinal and wrist injuries.

At the start of July, Trevor was woken from an induced coma he had been placed in shortly after the crash.

Laurena said after some confusion about what had happened, Trevor was now able to have full conversations with his family again.

 

Trevor Heyes enjoyed regular motorbike rides with brother Harry.
Trevor Heyes enjoyed regular motorbike rides with brother Harry. Photo contributed ROK210616heyes

"It was definitely good to be able to talk to him again," she said.

"I couldn't go in there for a couple of days because I couldn't see him like he was."

Despite this positive improvement, Laurena said her father still faced a long road to full recovery.

"He said if anyone's going to walk again it's going to be him, so he's got that positivity," Laurena said.

"He's just a determined person.

"He's a get-up-and-go person so that's why it's difficult for him to be in this state.

"We're all trying to be positive around him so that makes him feel there's going to be light at the end of the tunnel.

"He's just determined that he wants to walk.

"But we still don't whether that's going to be a possibility, they (the doctors) haven't got to that stage.

"That will just come down to when he does his rehabilitation.

"We're all hoping for his sake it's something he's going to be able to do again."

 

Tamara Dooley and Laurena Furber take part in the Royal Run for Research to raise money for the hospital where their father Trevor Heyes has been recovering from a motorbike crash.
Tamara Dooley and Laurena Furber take part in the Royal Run for Research to raise money for the hospital where their father Trevor Heyes has been recovering from a motorbike crash. Photo contributed ROK250716heyes

Laurena and sister Tamara Dooley have divided their time between Rockhampton and Brisbane since the crash, but Trevor's wife Sue has been by his bedside throughout his hospital stay.

It's a situation Laurena said proved "mentally, physically and financially exhausting for all of us".

But community support has improved their spirits, with Laurena saying she had received messages from friends and family as well as strangers.

Over the weekend, Laurena and Tamara took part in the Royal Run for Research, a charity event aimed at raising funds for the physiotherapy unit of the hospital where Trevor is being treated.

Laurena said her dad was proud to see the pair complete the run, with funds going to the unit which will help him rehabilitate.

Police investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.



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