Speedway star's successful operation
Herne, a six-time national V8 Dirt Modified champion, broke his C6 and C7 vertebrae in an off-road dirt buggy while contesting the Donald 500 on May 3 and has been in The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
He underwent surgery on May 8 to stabilise the fractured vertebrae with rods placed next to the injured spine and bone from his hip grafted to the area to aid recovery.
While Herne's racing career looks certain to be over, the prognosis from doctors is that he should make a full recovery.
According to a source close to the Herne family, he has been able to walk unaided and he is in good spirits. Complicating Herne's homecoming is the travel back to Lismore as he is still stiff and sore from the crash and operation.