Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been placed in intensive care in hospital after falling on wet stairs while getting ready for work on Tuesday.
The premier issued a statement via his office in the afternoon, giving details about the fall and his current condition.
“Early this morning, I was admitted to hospital after slipping and falling on wet and slippery stairs,” Andrews said. “A CT scan has revealed several broken ribs and vertebrae damage, and subsequent medical advice has recommended I remain in intensive care for the next few days.”
“Cath, the kids and I are extremely grateful to the Ambulance Victoria paramedics who showed such care and kindness to our family this morning, as we are to the clinicians who have taken care of me today,” said the premier.
“Our warm and sincere thanks go to the many family members, friends, colleagues and Victorians who have sent messages of love and support throughout the day.”
Deputy Premier James Merlino will takeover Andrews’ duties while he recovers.
Michael O’Brien, the Victorian Opposition Leader wished Andrews well in a post on Twitter.
“Hope it’s not serious,” O’Brien said. “Wishing Daniel a speedy recovery.”
Hope it’s not serious. Wishing Daniel a speedy recovery. https://t.co/yEUSpb0EJo
— Michael O'Brien (@michaelobrienmp) March 8, 2021
Andrews had been on leave since the afternoon of March. 5, and was scheduled to return to work today to launch an indigenous reconciliation inquiry, which will investigate the remaining effects of colonization on Victoria’s indigenous community, The Age reported.
A Truth and Justice Commission, which is modelled on Nelson Mandela’s commission in post-apartheid South Africa as well as those in New Zealand and Canada will have the power to compel witnesses and make recommendations as a royal commission. It will also seek potential reparations to Indigenous people for past injustices, according to The Age.