MP on the road to recovery after serious accident

Chris Hayes posted this picture on his Facebook Friday, March 10.

Chris Hayes posted this picture on his Facebook Friday, March 10.

Fowler MP Chris Hayes ended his 15-day stay in a Canberra Hospital today.

The long-serving MP was involved in a motorcycle accident two weeks while on his way to Parliament House.

He suffered a number of injuries as a result including seven broken ribs, a broken arm, collapsed lung, lacerated spleen and a lacerated knee.

It was the lacerated spleen that caused Mr Hayes most concern and saw him spend six days in the Intensive Care Unit.

“The lacerated spleen caused internal bleeding so that’s why I was in the ICU,” he told the Champion shortly after he was discharged from hospital.

Mr Hayes was travelling on a roundabout when he was blinded by the sun.

His recollection of what unfolded next was murky, though he knew it “hurt a lot”.

Fortunately there was a police officer nearby that assisted the MP until paramedics arrived.

Chris Hayes in Parliament House last year. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Hayes in Parliament House last year. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

“The officer from Highway Patrol lied down with me and kept me talking so I didn’t pass out,” he said.

Mr Hayes said he was relieved to finally be out of hospital and on the road to recovery.

“My bones are together again and I don’t have a drip hanging out of me,” he said.

He will spend the rest of the week recovering but hoped to be back in the office as early as next week.

Though there will be no doubt surrounding his travel arrangements to and from the office.

“I’ve always enjoyed motorcycling,” he said.

“That is the first serious accident I’ve had and as my wife (Bernadette) has reminded me it will be my last.

"I don’t want to put my family through that again.”