Visit a boost for rugged Rabbitoh

Men of League representatives recently visited staunch Rabbitohs supporter and former junior representative Brian Sommerville at The Mayo Private Hospital Taree.

Brian has been a frequent visitor to hospital since 2001. He unfortunately lost his left leg in 2005 after knee replacement surgery. The Men of League organised a visit by John King at this time, which Brian greatly appreciated.

Brian endeavoured to make the best of life and was adjusting to the long process of prosthetic limb fittings and learning to walk. Brian’s right knee had previously been replaced and it was later replaced by a thigh to ankle artificial joint.

Complications, operations and long hospital stays has been a way of life for Brian over the past 12 years. After a stint in Lake Macquarie Private Hospital complications occurred he spent 85 days in the hospital with his doctor fighting alongside Brian to do everything they could to save this leg, including skin graft surgery.

Brian’s wife Mavis has been by his side through his long ordeal and she recently organised a surprise for Brian with Keith McGraw from Souths Juniors sending him a signed Souths jersey. To say he is thrilled is an understatement.  The Men of League visit helped enormously to lift his spirits.

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