Dr Burnard on the path to recovery, as he thanks community for immense support

Dr Burnard on the path to recovery, as he thanks community for immense support
"Showing immense determination and on the road to recovery, Dr Burnard affirms he has been overwhelmed by the community's love and support."

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The Newcastle community collectively found themselves in a state of shock and horror upon learning Dr Burnie Burnard, a renowned and beloved obstetrician and gynaecologist was viciously attacked by a dog on 15 December 2020.

Following the announcement on the Newcastillian – Online News, the article went viral locally, seeing countless people sharing their messages of well wishes on the site and its various social media platforms. The volume of support truly reflecting the long-standing relationship between Dr Burnard and the community.

But now, more than a month later, how is he doing and how is the recovery going? And when can Newcastillians expect to see him back home?

Speaking to the Newcastillian – Online News, Dr Burnard assures the community that he is on the mend. “I spent 12 days in ICU and have had six operations. I was also unable to walk, and it took some days before I could start walking properly.” Reflecting on his injuries, the doctor explains that after the attack, his arm was exposed. So much so, a flap had to be taken from his abdomen and placed on his arm. However, he states that he now has his arm back. “I will now have to see how much functionality I have in my arm. I hope it is 100% and if it is, I will return to practice.”

If his arm does not recover completely, Dr Burnard is still determined to serve the community. He says this will be achieved by assisting patients in other areas, such as helping women in the menopausal part of their lives. 

Being a good-spirited gentleman, Dr Burnard jokes that his legs now resemble a jigsaw puzzle following the incident. “I told my wife I won’t be able to wear shorts anymore, because of the way my legs look. But she told me that my legs weren’t that attractive, to begin with.”

Showing immense determination and on the road to recovery, Dr Burnard affirms he has been overwhelmed by the community’s love and support.

Overcome by emotion, the doctor says, “I want to thank everyone in the community for their unbelievable support and all the love. I have received so many messages, even from people I would never have thought. I can really feel the love.”

While the doctor voices he deep-seated appreciation, Pixelfish Marketing and the Newcastillian – Online News wishes Dr Burnard all the best as he now recovers in Durban, before returning home to Newcastle very soon. 

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17 Responses

  1. Dr jy moet gou gesond word die gemeenskap kan nie sonder jou nie, jy is n baie goeie mens altyd nederig, Ons se dankie vir God se genade, sien jou een van die dae, baie liefde vir ons geliefde Dokter

  2. Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery Doc. I hope you are taking Criminal and Civil Action against the negligent owner to the full letter of the law. Animals like that have no place in an area frequented by innocent pedestrians and especially children. You can be lucky it did not kill you .

  3. Very pleased to hear you are on the mend. Best wishes for a complete recovery. I bet you are looking forward to coming home

  4. Dr Burnard, baie sterkte, ons is baie dankbaar dat dit soveel beter gaan met jou. Ons mis jou in die hospitaal gange.

  5. We thank the God for your recovery Dr.Burnard and we pray that you recover fully and return to your practice.

  6. Dr Burnie, jy is steeds in ons gebede. Mag die Here se hand van genesing oor jou liggaam wees sodat jy 100% herstel. Jy het ‘n groot inpak in my en Ruan se lewe gehad en ek weet daar is nog honderde mense wat op jou stoep sit en wag dat jy herstel. Jy is Newcastle se sonskyn dokter wat altyd se, “Al die babas is pragtig” Dit was altyd’ n plesier om saam met dok te werk.
    Ons bid jou beterskap toe dok xxx

  7. Dr ons is baie dankbaar dat Onse Vader jou vir ons gespaar het! Hy sal Sy hand oor jou hou van beskerming en volle herstel!
    Ek het jou ook nog nodig, met menopause behandeling.. die hotflashes tans is ondraaflik! Asb pas jouself mooi ons vrouegeslag het jou nog nodig!
    Groete

  8. Dr ons is baie dankbaar dat Onse Vader jou vir ons gespaar het! Hy sal Sy hand oor jou hou van beskerming en volle herstel!
    Ek het jou ook nog nodig, met menopause behandeling.. die hotflashes tans is ondraaglik! Asb pas jouself mooi op ons vrouegeslag het jou nog nodig!
    Groete

  9. Baie sterkte dokter. Ons bid dat jy sal genees want ons liewe vader het nog baie planne vir jou. Liefde

  10. A docter with respect
    A doctor who greats everyone
    A humble docter
    Please recover and go back to your family.

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