Speedway driver's surgery on Medical Emergency
LISMORE speedway driver Stuart Herne endured a seven-hour operation after crushing his spine in a racing accident in May this year.
Tonight he will sit with his family and watch the operation on Channel Seven's reality television show, Medical Emergency.
With his wife, Karen, and three children, Stuart will watch the procedure where surgeons put two rods on either side of his spine so he could walk again.
After his accident Stuart was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where a film crew started filming as soon as the helicopter touched down.
So many of his bones were fractured and floating in his body that surgeons were worried his spine could have been severed.
The dramatic journey of his recovery, including the six days he spent in traction, is all part of the program. Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at what Stuart, a six-times national V8 Dirt Modified Champion, went through.
Even though Stuart is in constant pain he said he was very lucky. “I'm getting better. I still take the same amount of medication and go to the physio at St Vincent's Hospital twice a week,” he said.