Signs of recovery as young man awakens after bike accident
FLOODWATER kept Alan Stevens from being by his son's side in hospital during the most traumatic time of their lives, but as the Bruce Hwy opened, so did Jo's eyes.
Jo, 21, had been in a critical condition in intensive care since last Saturday when he was found unconscious in a creek at Goomboorian.
His brother Clancy, 17, was believed to have died instantly when the motorbike the pair was riding crashed into Ginger Ck the night before.
Jo was found submerged in the creek with just his head above water.
He was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital and placed in the intensive care unit in an induced coma - his extensive injuries included bleeding and swelling on the brain, a broken back, pelvis and leg.
With Alan stuck at Goomboorian, an uncle from Townsville flew to Brisbane to hold a bedside vigil.
Word about Jo's condition was regularly communicated to Alan by phone and hopes were lifted when Jo moved his toes.
As soon as the highway opened after the flood on Thursday, Alan was on the road heading for Brisbane.
Close family friend Debbie Whittle said Jo started squeezing the nurse's hands so his medication dose was reduced and he woke up.
Jo's recognition of his uncle and his father has confirmed his long-term memory is still intact and that there has been no major brain damage.
"It is a big relief after the trauma he's been through," Debbie said.
It understood that once Jo's condition is stabilised, he will be transferred to Gympie Hospital.