Ute-crash driver faces surgery

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:30 01/11/2012
Robert Sheridan
Robert Sheridan photographed in 2011 preparing for the Tuamarina Rodeo

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Robert Sheridan remembers waking up in hospital.

But the 25-year-old Blenheim man doesn't remember being thrown out of his ute as it flipped twice at Tuamarina on Sunday.

Mr Sheridan, who works as a hauler operator for a logging crew, told the Express yesterday he cracked his neck and one of the vertebrae in his spine in the accident.

He was taken to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, and transferred to Christchurch Hospital on Monday. He was moved to the Burwood Spinal Unit yesterday morning. He may have to have surgery on his spine today or tomorrow, he said.

He has been told he will be in hospital for up to eight weeks, but hopes to be back home earlier if he can get physiotherapy in Blenheim.

He was not in a lot of pain but was on medication.

"I've been up and walking around," he said.

Two of his dogs on the back of his ute when it crashed were unhurt and were being cared for by flatmates while he was in hospital.

However, a third dog on the ute, an eight-month-old whippet-cross named Moss, could not be found. The dog is brindle and white coloured.

Mr Sheridan hopes it will turn up in the next few days but the dog doesn't know the area and was a long way from home, he said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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