Crash survivor to get back on bike
WITH the world at his feet, Chris Dailly never thought he would be learning to live without one of them.
Chris lost his right leg in a horrific motorcycle crash on Edinburgh Road at East Deep Creek last year and, despite paramedics’ fears that he would not survive the trip to hospital, he has made a remarkable recovery.
He is well on his way to getting his life back together — after receiving his new prosthetic leg only recently, Chris is learning to walk again in time for his wedding to long-time girlfriend Kerri Bingham.
In a telling gesture, Chris dropped to one knee for a Valentine’s Day proposal (on his 30th birthday) that brought family and friends to tears .
“He’s made a remarkable recovery,” his father Kevin Dailly told The Gympie Times yesterday. “The biggest effect on him is the psychological effects of not having a leg.
“At one stage they wanted permission to take his leg off higher because of an infection, but we insisted they leave it and the infection cleared up.
“He suffered other injuries — broke his shoulder and almost severed his arm and he’s had a lot of skin grafts.”
Kevin said at the time of the accident, Chris had been riding his motorbike home from a friend’s place when he collided with a car. The cause of the crash is yet to be determined but Kevin said the horrific scene will stick in his mind forever.
“When we got there, Chris was lying on the side of the road with his leg missing. There was a blood trail over the car and fireys found his leg 25 metres away in a paddock.
“We spoke to the driver at the scene and he was very apologetic. He has called a couple of times to ask about Chris.”
Chris was in Brisbane undergoing physiotherapy and tests yesterday and was unable to make a comment, but Kevin said the crash had certainly been life-changing for his son.
He is determined however, to get back on the motorbike once he fully recovers.
“He’s already been on the back of my Harley,” Kevin said.
When we got there, Chris was lying on the side of the road with his leg missing. There was a blood trail over the car and fireys found his leg 25 metres away in a paddock.