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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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