Posted September 24, 2018 08:08:51 The elderly man in a wheelchair who has been living on the streets of Australia for more than 40 years is still suffering from the trauma of his injuries.
The man, who has not been named, has spent the past four months in a coma and has lost most of his mobility.
The veteran who has lived on the roads for 30 years said he was fortunate to have had the right care for his injuries, but he still suffers.
He said he had been receiving the same treatments for years and was still struggling to move.
The elderly patient who was left to fend for himself on the road in 2017 said he has suffered from severe spinal injuries.
“I have had multiple fractures, two of my hands and fingers are broken,” he said.
“My right arm is broken, and my hand is broken.”
“I’ve had four spinal fractures and I’m still in a lot of pain,” he told ABC Local Radio.
“If you want to take me home, it’s very, very dangerous to take someone like me away from that wheelchair.”
Mr McInnes said he believed his life would never be the same without the care he received in the past.
“In the past, it was all I could do to keep going,” he explained.
“It was very, much like a prisoner’s cage.”
You’ve got the prisoners that you’ve got to take away from, and it’s not easy, because they’re so scared and they’re in a horrible situation, so they just go and do the same thing as everyone else.
“It’s like they’re just going to be in there for the rest of their lives.”
Mr McDirns wheelchair has been fitted with a prosthetic arm and he has begun walking again.
But he said he still has a long way to go.
“There’s still so much to do, so many things that I need to get right, so I’ve just got to do everything,” he lamented.
“And I’m getting there, I’m not going to stop.”
The ABC understands the man has been receiving rehabilitation services since the injuries, which occurred while he was on the job.
“The rehabilitation process is about getting back on your feet,” he added.
“To get back on a positive, normal life, you’ve gotta be able to do the job, and that’s a pretty difficult job, I think.”
If I can do that, and I can walk, and if I can work, I will do anything.