Herb has a new zest for life

TREATMENT two-and-a-half years ago for a serious case of blood poisoning left 80-year-old Herb Welch of Kyogle debilitated, depressed and largely confined to home.

But workouts two days a week at the Kyogle Community Gym have made Mr Welch a new man.

He has his strength back, can walk with new-found confidence, sleeps better and is not as dependant on his wife Maureen.

She said the treatment destroyed Mr Welch's balance and that "he couldn't move without me or someone hanging onto him".

"Then he got really down because he couldn't move much, his legs were very weak, and he had lost all the muscle in his arms."

Mr Welch had several falls while his balance and strength were affected, including one which badly injured a shoulder when he put his arm out to save himself.

"I didn't want another operation, (but) I couldn't sleep with it and it was shocking and that is why I decided to come (to the gym); this has been the answer."

Mrs Welch said the gym and Mr Welch's new-found confidence had given the couple their "life back".

"I don't think you are ever too old to (go to the gym), while you have got a bit of go in you," Mr Welch said.

Kyogle Community Gym is a not-for-profit gym run by Active Kyogle.

"The first day Herb came in he had a walking stick in one hand and resting on Maureen on the other and now he comes in on his own two feet which I think is just a fantastic change," Active Kyogle chief Mark Trudinger said.

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