When Shane* was diagnosed with a sarcoma (a type of cancer) in his sacrum – part of his pelvis – he had to undergo a 14-hour surgery where half of his sacrum was removed.
The surgery left him with significant nerve damage in his lower left leg. His left fibula was removed to be used as a strut within his pelvis, and he lost a lot of conditioning and strength in his body following the surgery.
Shane spent two months recovering in hospital, came home for six weeks, then went back to hospital for further rehabilitation. He was able to go from using a wheelchair to a walker, then from a walker to a walking aid.
Previously, Shane had worked as a paint chemist – a job that required extended periods of time spent on his feet, carrying heavy tins of paint and chemicals.
After being discharged from hospital, Shane lodged an income protection claim. During this process, he learned about the recovery services available to him through his insurance and contacted our recovery team. Our team helped Shane build a recovery plan that could meet his return-to-work goals.