‘Painful time’: Dan gives update after fall

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has given an update on his recovery from a horror fall which caused a serious spinal injury last month.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has described his recovery from spinal injuries caused by a horror fall last month as “pretty painful”.

Mr Andrews posted the update on Twitter in a “Happy Easter” message where he thanked people for their well wishes.

“They’ve really helped to keep my spirits up in what’s been a pretty painful time,” he tweeted, alongside a picture of some of the cards.

The injured Victorian Labor leader said he was making “steady progress” since the fall and was being diligent with his physio exercises.

“Also building up my walking and am up to about 18 minutes on my daily walk,” he said.

“If you’re giving, receiving, hunting, decorating or eating eggs today – enjoy.”

The Premier was rushed to hospital after he fell on wet stairs at the Mornington Peninsula on March 9.

He was taken to hospital where it was revealed he had broken several ribs and damaged his spine.

Mr Andrews was then transferred to a specialist trauma centre at The Alfred hospital following an MRI before announcing he would take a leave of absence for six weeks.

In a statement after leaving hospital Mr Andrews said a trauma specialist had told him he very narrowly avoided a “life changing” injury

“As you know… I fell heavily on wooden steps at the front of a rental beach house that our family had been staying at for the long weekend,” he said at the time.

“I landed flat on my back and hit the steps hard directly below the shoulder blades fracturing at least five ribs and sustaining an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra.”

Mr Andrews said he had serious injuries that would require him to wear a brace throughout the day except when sleeping.

“My doctors also want me to get rest and undertake a comprehensive program of physiotherapy,” the statement said.

“That’s why I will take a leave of absence from my duties for at least six weeks.”

The 48-year-old has been the leader of the Victorian Labor Party since 2010 and Premier since 2014.

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