Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to wear spinal brace, will be on leave for six weeks

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed the extent of his spinal injury after he slipped and fell on wooden steps just after the long weekend.

Last Tuesday around 6.30am, Andrews was getting ready for work when he “fell heavily” on wooden steps at the front of a rental beach house he was staying in with his family.

“I landed flat on my back and hit the steps hard directly below the shoulder blades fracturing at least five ribs and sustaining an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra,” Andrews said in a statement on Monday.

“These are serious injuries that require me to wear a brace throughout each day except when sleeping.

“I narrowly avoided permanent damage to my spinal cord.”

The The 48-year-old premier also said he must undergo comprehensive physiotherapy. Credit: @DanielAndrewsMP/PR IMAGE

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