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Thoughts of sons inspires Mooroopna man's recovery

Mooroopna's Mark Ahmat is on the mend after surviving a serious crash earlier this year.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK July 11, 2014 3:47am

Mark Ahmat meets his son Lewis for the first time.


 

 

While Mooroopna’s Mark Ahmat lay crushed beneath the wreckage of an overturned garbage truck, with two broken legs and part of the truck door poking 3cm into his chest, there was only one thing on his mind — his boys.

Mr Ahmat, 22, was travelling on the Shepparton-Euroa Rd on May 27 when his truck swerved and skidded in wet gravel on the side of the road.

As the truck hurtled into a nearby field, Mr Ahmat was partially thrown through the window.

It rolled while his body was still in the carriage and when it landed he became trapped beneath the twisted wreckage.

Mr Ahmat suffered five broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, two broken legs, compression fractures to his spine, a broken nose, and a deep wound to his chest from the truck door that lodged itself 1cm from his heart.

His partner Kim McKnight said the first person on scene was a local woman named Evelyn, who was travelling behind Mr Ahmat’s garbage truck when the accident occurred.

‘‘Evelyn stayed with him and held his hand, she took off her cardigan to keep him warm and kept him awake,’’ Ms McKnight, 27, said.

‘‘The whole time, Mark was just talking about his sons. They were what was keeping him going.’’

To read the full story on Mr Ahmat, grab a copy of today’s News.

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