Kerri-Anne Kennerley has spoken for the first time about a series of remarkable medical breakthroughs made by her 75-year-old husband John, who suffered severe spinal damage after an accidental fall at a golf event in March this year.
“I hesitate to use the word miracle but for us that is what John’s recovery has been like, a series of minor miracles,” Kerri-Anne tells the July issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, out today.
“It started with him being able to breathe unassisted. And that was such an important step. Otherwise, he faced a life being attached to a respirator, being fed through a tube in his nose.”
But more than that, her husband, who until recently was unable to make sounds because of a tracheotomy in his throat, is now speaking, allowing the couple to communicate.
His first words, recalls Kerri-Anne, were ones she will always remember – “He said ‘I love you’ which, of course, I will always treasure,” says Kerri-Anne, 62.
Read more of this story in the July issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, on sale now.