Dad-to-be faces tough road to recovery after explosion

"HE'S not going to walk for a long time and he will be on pain killers for the rest of his life."

Those are the words Kellie Mortensen said after her fiance Jonathon Bury was badly injured in an explosion earlier this week.

EXPLOSION: The remains of the boat Jonathon Bury was working on after its fuel tank exploded, seriously injuring Mr Bury. Photo Courtesy RACQ CareFlight Rescue
EXPLOSION: The remains of the boat Jonathon Bury was working on after its fuel tank exploded, seriously injuring Mr Bury. Photo Courtesy RACQ CareFlight Rescue Courtesy RACQ CareFlight Rescue

Ms Mortensen said her partner would undergo a number of operations including skin grafts to his arm and feet after the fuel tank of a boat he was working on exploded.

"I saw it as soon as it happened - he had been on the boat using the plasma cutter when I heard him say 'oh s***' and then bang - it was the loudest boom I have ever heard... not like a car backfire or a gun, much worse," she said.

"I started screaming and my uncle and son ran to help - he was trying to talk and was moaning."

She said he was flown to Brisbane Royal and Women's Hospital on Wednesday after being placed in an induced coma and she was unsure of how long he would remain there.

"He has shattered shin bones and ankles, and has no skin under his feet," Ms Mortensen said.

"His wrist is all broken and he has needed skin grafts on his left arm."

The distressed partner said they had just started to organise their lives together in the anticipation of the birth of their first child and now she wasn't sure what they would do.

"He will need a lot of rehabilitation and physio," she said.

"We had been staying with mum and dad and just about to move into our own place.

"Johnny had been working with my brother's cleaning business and now he won't be able to do that."

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to assist the family after the realisation Mr Bury would be bedridden for some time.

"We set it up because we wanted to get him an iPad and people helped us out straight away - but we don't know what's around the corner now," Ms Mortensen said.

To assist the family visit http://www.gofundme.com and search Road to Johnnys Recovery.



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