Back on his feet thanks to great care

A man standing in a room surrounded by exercise equipment with a woman standing either side of him
From left: FHHS Physiotherapist Tuuliki Tulf, Garry Pattinson and OT Amy Kerman
September 23, 2016

An East Fremantle man who suffered serious injuries after falling five metres from a ladder last year has thanked Fremantle Hospital and Health Service (FHHS) staff for getting him back on his feet.

Garry Pattinson was helping a mate fix a warehouse roller door when he lost his footing and fell resulting in two broken ankles.

After undergoing surgery at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Garry spent 3 months recovering in orthopaedic ward 7 North followed by an extensive period of outpatient rehabilitation involving physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work services. 

“The support from the ward and rehab staff to get me back on my feet has been amazing and I cannot thank them enough,” Garry said.

“I’ve only just started walking without crutches and there’s still a long way to go in my recovery.”

FHHS Physiotherapy Manager Tania Wood said injuries from ladder falls can be life changing. 

“The recovery journey can be very long and its success also depends on the person’s motivation to get better and fully participate in the rehabilitation program,” Tania said.

“Garry was committed to his recovery and seeing his improvement has been very satisfying for everyone involved in his care.”

national education campaign (external link) warning people of the dangers of misusing a ladder was recently launched.