THE FAMILY of the Queensland Constable who was seriously injured when hit by an allegedly stolen car in September, has thanked all those who have cared for him, as he is released from hospital.
Peter McAulay suffered critical head injuries when struck while trying to stop the car at Bundamba, west of Brisbane, on September 27.
Almost two months later, the 24-year-old has been released from the Princess Alexandra Hospital, with a beaming smile (see below photo).
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“This is a huge achievement for Pete and a great relief to his family, friends and colleagues,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
While his family has also issued a statement, expressing their gratitude to those who helped “save his life” and requesting privacy as he continues on his road to recovery.
They explained how they “hoped and prayed that Pete’s fighting spirit kicked in” as his “survival hung in the balance”.
“And kicked in it did,” the family writes…
“Every day since (September 27), we have seen a steady improvement in Pete’s condition and we are now pleased to announce that Pete was discharged from the PA Hospital on 23 November 2018.
This is a huge achievement for Pete and a great relief to his family, friends and the wider community.
To the officers that provided first aid to Pete when they found him lying on the roadside. You saved his life. We thank you.
To the other police officers who, despite wanting to be with Pete, remained professional and commenced investigating the crash. Their actions ensured the suspects were located and later arrested. We thank you.
To the Queensland Ambulance Service and their trauma team that was on scene within minutes and were able to stabilise Pete sufficiently to transport him to hospital. You saved his life. We thank you.
To the specialists, doctors, nurses and their team who provided expert medical care and treatment to Pete to save his life initially and then to see him steadily improve. You saved his life. We thank you.
To his work mates in the Police and the ADF, who have been with us on this journey and have provided support. We thank you.
To the wider community who have sent well wishes, prayers, support and donations. All these things made a difference. We thank you.
Pete is still undergoing treatment and more surgery is required but he has a positive outlook and has expressed his thanks for the support that he has received from his family, his work colleagues and the greater community.
We still have a long road ahead of us but thankfully he is on the road to recovery.
We appreciate that this milestone has significant media interest, but we are requesting that you respect our privacy as we come to terms with the new chapter in Pete’s recovery.”