Brock’s pretty quick in burns recovery too
A LANDSBOROUGH teenager injured in a fiery race car crash a month ago could be moved from intensive care within a week.
Quick on the track, 17-year-old Brock Giblin is proving just as speedy in recovery.
Peter Giblin said his son had made as much progress in a month as many burns patients make in three months.
Mr Giblin said 90% of Brock's burns had been skin-grafted, he was talking and regaining movement.
"We're in the fourth week and he's had eight operations. That's nearly two a week he's been able to endure, which is pretty amazing," Mr Giblin said.
Brock received burns to at least 55% of his body when the car he was driving rolled and burst into flames during a practice session for the Shannon Nationals at Sydney's Eastern Creek raceway on July 11.
Mr Giblin said the teenager had got through the early stages of his injuries without any of the organ shutdowns that normally affect burns patients.
He said Brock had also been fortunate not to have contracted any of the serious infections that often set burns patients back.
"Normally, in these situations, you can end up with infections and they have to wait for those to clear up
before they can start grafting but at this point in time, it hasn't happened."
He said Brock was talking, becoming more aware of his surroundings, and starting to eat and drink.
Brock's recovery was going so well, it was almost worrying, Mr Giblin said.
"You keep waiting for the train to come through the tunnel and knock you over but over time, the risks get reduced," he said.
Mr Giblin said Brock had benefited from being young, fit and strong but he attributed some of the teenager's rapid recovery to the willpower that had earned him success on the race track.
"He's very strong willed, very determined" Mr Giblin said.