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Undera’s Peter Lumsden takes positive steps in recovery

By Alex Mitchell

Undera footballer Peter Lumsden is awake and on the road to recovery approaching the two-week mark since suffering sickening head injuries in a Kyabram District League match.

Lumsden, 21, remains at Melbourne’s Alfred hospital after being allegedly struck to the head in a reserves game against Violet Town on May 4.

But his recovery is tracking as well as could be expected, having been moved to the hospital’s trauma ward from ICU in recent days.

Lumsden’s mother Sue was over the moon with her son’s recent progress.

‘‘He’s doing really, really well, he’s breathing on his own and is now on mince moist foods,’’ she said.

‘‘He’s talking really well, he can have a conversation with you and can recognise people.

‘‘He can’t remember anything from the field, which is natural, he’s just doing really, really well, and it’s unbelievable.

‘‘You can’t put it into words how good it is to see him doing this well considering the situation he was in. It brings a tear to your eye to see him up and talking.

‘‘He was trying to get words out for a while, his first words were when his brother and sister came to see him while still in ICU — his first word was his brother’s name Brandon, it was really exciting to hear that.’’

Sue again thanked the community for its support through the horrible period.

‘‘The support has been absolutely overwhelming, people you don’t even know have been sending best wishes. It’s fantastic and just greatly appreciated,’’ she said.

Sue stated at least one or two months — if not longer — were expected in hospital as the rehabilitation process was undertaken.

But given her son’s fighting spirit, she had no doubt he would battle his way through a most difficult situation.

‘‘He’s a very fit young man, he will keep fighting and come out the other side,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve got no doubt about that and I’ve said it from the start.’’

A police investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to fund Peter Lumsden’s recovery; the page can be found by searching ‘‘Petey’s Recovery’’ at https:// au.gofundme.com/