Signs of recovery for severely burned crash teenager

Brock Giblin
Brock Giblin Gerard Walsh

LANDSBOROUGH teenager Brock Giblin could be out of his medically-induced coma within a month after taking positive steps in his recovery from a crash that burned 55% of his body.

His father Peter said the 17-year-old showed signs of consciousness over the weekend and even opened his eyes when his mother entered his room at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital on Saturday.

"The doctors asked him to wiggle his toes and he did, which is such an amazingly good thing because you know that the rest of him is okay," he said.

The positive sign was an early gift for Peter's mother Shiralee, whose birthday was yesterday and has been waiting by her son's bedside since the July 11 crash.

"(Yesterday) morning when we walked in he started thrashing - he could hear our voices," Mr Giblin said.

CT scan results were positive and Mr Giblin said the Maleny High School student would have walked away from the crash if it was not for the fire.

Brock had three skin grafts procedures last week and was expected to have another today.

Mr Giblin said it could be a long wait because so much of his skin was burnt in the crash, which occurred during a practice session for the Australian Manufacturers Championship at Sydney's Eastern Creek.

"We're not expecting any big changes, unfortunately, just a lot of small ones," Mr Giblin said.

Topics:  car crash landsborough

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