A FARMER left with a brain injury after a quad bike accident attributes his recovery to rehabilitation and community work.
David Elder has no memory of his near-fatal fall from the bike on his Bethanga property in April.
“I just remember waking up in hospital with seven fractures and a brain injury,” he said.
“I spent two months in a hospital bed in Melbourne.
“I remember thinking just how happy I was to come back home.”
In between rehabilitation at Albury’s Tarkarri House, a brain injury rehabilitation centre, he has still found time to honour his commitment as vice-president of the Bethanga Action Group.
The group has organised a community car boot sale from 9am on Sunday at the Bethanga Recreation Reserve, with proceeds from site fees going to the Bethanga Recreation Reserve and 16 community groups.
The Bethanga CFA will take part in demonstrations on the day, and it will be selling fire blankets, extinguishers and offering giveaways.
“I have found that focusing on things like this sale has helped with my short-term memory,” Mr Elder said.
“When I first came home my short-term memory was really bad.
“The rehab has helped a lot.
“The staff here are great, but I do have some lapses.”
The accident has prompted Mr Elder to warn residents about the dangers of quad bikes.
“I always thought I was pretty well prepared but this can happen to anyone,” he said.
“People need to be cautious and not tired when riding.
“I just reckon I was tired, working long hours.
“And the steep terrain doesn’t help.”
Mr Elder’s therapy has now been cut to just one day a week.
“Being a part of the action group has given me something positive to aim for,” he said.