Long haul for Rees after fractures

Not back in the speedway race yet

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 08:08 31/01/2014
Ethan Rees
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RECOVERING: A month on from a serious crash at Manfield, Ethan Rees is on the road to recovery.

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Palmerston North teen Ethan Rees won't be back in the race as soon as he had hoped as his injuries from a speedway crash take longer than expected to heal.

Ethan Fafeita-Rees, 16, known in the speedway fraternity as Ethan Rees, suffered a fractured eye socket and cheekbone, fractured shoulder blade, three fractured ribs and a collapsed lung in an accident at Arena Manawatu on December 28 last year.

Ethan was knocked out in the crash and spent a week in Palmerston North Hospital.

But yesterday, just over a month on from the crash, the bruising to his face had healed and his shoulder and ribs were feeling much better.

But, still plagued by short-term memory problems, he would have to start attending a concussion clinic.

"I was pretty confident about getting in this season at the end of the year, but my checkup didn't go so good, so it's probably got to wait until next season."

The season finishes in April with a few "open days", which he hoped to take part in, he said.

The crash had scuttled his plans to start an apprenticeship as a car painter in early January. He isn't allowed to start that until March.

"I was pretty gutted, eh."

While he wasn't allowed in a car, he was at the speedway on the weekend to watch his now-repaired vehicle race.

While his body heals, he isn't sitting idle.

There was housework to be done, he said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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