Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Sheer Determination Puts a Spring in Peter's Steps

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Sheer Determination Puts a Spring in Peter's Steps

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"WHAT doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

That's Maryborough quadriplegic Peter Edwards mantra for life after he got trapped in the bed sheet in a Brisbane motel at 3.30 on a 2007 morning, fell into a cupboard, cracked his head, wrecked his spinal cord - and didn't play in a ten pin tournament that day.

"Well, actually everything went pear-shaped," said the former Wide Bay Transit cleaner, 42, and petrol head when it comes to the big rigs he admits he will probably never drive again.

"But there's no way I'm ever going to give up and that's why I've started standing up and even walking a bit again.

"I did 20 steps today. Nothing in this world will ever stop me from trying.

"It's all good."

The miracle man who spent nine weeks in an intensive care unit, followed by nine months in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital spinal injuries unit, spoke out yesterday in support of the Spinal Injuries Association, who, he says, have helped him all along the way.

And yesterday CEO Mark Henley applauded Peter's hard work and "never give up" philosophy.

"Peter's extremely fortunate that he has been able to regain some movement in his legs as he did not sustain a complete break of the spinal cord. Unfortunately, the majority of people who sustain a spinal cord injury will never be able to walk again.

"The spinal cord is the width of a finger and has the consistency of a banana and, once it's damaged, it's virtually impossible to reverse that damage.

"And because there is currently no cure for a spinal cord injury, prevention of these types of injuries is paramount."

"The accident was a sort of, things do happen in life occurrence," Mr Edwards said.

"It was 3.30 in the morning and I wanted to go to the toilet so I was disorientated and fell out of bed.

"Since then I've been working non-stop to try and regain some movement in my legs. …

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