Brian Adams, 9, his leg in traction after a football injury, celebrates Christmas in the Lismore Base Hospital
Brian Adams, 9, his leg in traction after a football injury, celebrates Christmas in the Lismore Base Hospital

Family rallies around Brian

By RACHEL SCOLLAY

EVERY morning for the past two weeks, nine-year-old Brian Adams has woken up to find dad sleeping by his side in a comfy hospital armchair.

But as a special Christmas treat, it was his mum Kerry he excitedly woke up at 5.40am on Christmas Day ? so she could get his presents out from under the hospital bed.

"He couldn't go to sleep," Kerry said.

"Waiting for Christmas to come and knowing all the presents were there."

"Waiting for Christmas to come and knowing all the presents were there."

With a broken femur from a rugby tackle two weeks ago, Brian has a pin through his knee and will be in traction for another month.

But Christmas in hospital was 'sort of fun', he said. "I've been getting lots of presents."

While the children's ward was practically deserted on Christmas Day, Brian was also joined by dad, Nick, and two sisters after they'd opened their presents at home in Upper Main Arm.

A few hospital Christmas decorations dangled from the ceiling, while above the bed was a getwell poster from Brian's classmates and an award for being top student of the year.

The family spent the day in hospital together, which included a Christmas lunch put on by the hospital.

Brian's 11-year-old sister, Tammy, was philosophical about the unusual Christmas venue.

"It's OK," she said. "It's better than spending Christmas in our hot house all day."

Meanwhile, Brian said he wasn't sure about taking up rugby again after his hospital stay, but he was keen to get into motorbike riding.

"The most dangerous thing you can do is to have fun," said his father, smiling.



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