Ross slowly on the road to recovery

Maryboroughʼs Ross Forster is on the road to recovery, much to the relief of his wife Cheryle Forster, after a freak accident saw him airlifted to a Melbourne hospital last month.

A month on from a horror accident which saw Maryborough local Ross Forster airlifted to a Melbourne hospital, Ross is back home and looking forward to getting back to business as usual.

Ross, owner of newsXpress in High Street, was injured in a freak accident at a cycling event, the Bendigo International Madison, on March 10 where he was a spectator with his wife Cheryle Forster.

Nearly half the field racing at the Tom Flood Sports Centre was involved in a serious collision which saw a cyclist catapulted over a barrier directly into Ross, striking him in the upper body and head.

Ross was knocked unconscious and airlifted to the Alfred where he spent a week receiving treatment and recovering.

An avid cyclist who rode competitively in his younger days, Ross had already been out for a 100 kilometre ride the morning of the accident, of which he has little memory.

“It’s not something you’d expect to happen. I’m pretty experienced with these sorts of races and while there’s crashes on the track it rarely comes into the crowd,” Ross said.

“There were probably a few thousand people there so in a way it was lucky it hit me, Cheryle was right next to me and it could’ve been much worse if it hit her.”

Ross suffered a number of head injuries and said it’s been difficult getting used to taking things slowly. “I basically broke just about every bone in my head,” he said.

“I broke my upper and lower jaw in four places and had fractures in my eye sockets, forehead and skull. The most concerning thing was that I had bleeding on the brain.

“Head injuries are a bit of a pain in the neck. Things that used to be easy are now major jobs but you just have to be patient and take your time.”

It’s been a run of tough luck for the Forsters, with Cheryle ending up on life support in hospital after catching a bug six months ago, while the couple’s daughter was admitted to the Alfred at the same time as Ross after receiving severe burns to her hand from the exhaust pipe of a truck.

Despite the misfortune, Cheryle said they are seeing the positive side of things, particularly in the case of Ross’ accident at the Madison.

“You always have to say your cup is half full not half empty. Ross could have been killed or permanently injured,” she said.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, April 16

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