Family optimistic about Dale Shearer’s recovery

Dale Shearer.
Dale Shearer.

Rugby league legend Dale Shearer (pictured) is believed to have returned home this week after spending several weeks in the Royal Brisbane Hospital recovering from a serious car accident.

Shearer’s family and friends have been tight-lipped about the 43-year-old’s condition since he crashed his Porsche SUV on the Sunshine Coast Motorway at Peregian on February 21.

He suffered serious neck and internal injuries in the single-vehicle accident but is expected to eventually make a full recovery.

The accident came just a year after he was left to care for sons Jesse, 17, and Jakson, 14, following the death of his wife Delyse to cancer.

His long-time friend and fellow international, Paul Vautin, who played alongside Shearer at Manly and for the Queensland State of Origin team, has been quoted in the media saying Shearer could be transferred to a Sunshine Coast facility this week.

While he was not out of the woods, his condition had improved dramatically in the past week, he said.

“From what we are hearing he is improving out of sight, to the degree he is even getting his old cheek back.”

“He is getting his personality back and keeping the nurses on their toes.

“His neck is still a concern and he has to wear a steel halo which stops any movement but he is out of bed and can get pushed around in a wheelchair.”

For weeks after the accident, Shearer was apparently only able to communicate with winks and faint squeezing of his hands.

“He is able to speak now but not for long.

“It’s pretty tiring for him,” Vautin was quoted as saying.

“The neck is the main worry but he seems to have full use of his limbs and we are all hopeful he is going to make a full recovery.”

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