Music legend Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum says he’s on the mend and can’t wait to get home.
Seven News tonight aired the first images of Molly since he fell at his home two months ago.
The images recording his progress at Epworth Rehabilitation in Richmond were taken this afternoon.
Molly, who was reunited with his beloved dog Ziggy today, has also issued a statement thanking the public for the unprecedented show of support.
“Although I am not ready yet, I can’t wait to go home — to look after Ziggy, to see my friends, and to properly thank them, my family and the thousands of people who sent their best wishes and love to me,’’ he said.
“I even received a card from Julia Gillard, so I wish her all the best. I hope she’s having a better time than I am!”
A special reporter on Seven’s Sunrise and Sunday Night programs, Molly has spent the past eight weeks in hospital following a fall at his Richmond home in December. He was treated initially in the Intensive Care Unit of the Alfred Hospital for the first four weeks before being moved to Epworth’s Post Traumatic Amnesia Unit.
“Believe it or not while I can’t say I like being hospital, I know I have been very well supported, and I have enjoyed meeting other patients and their families,” Molly said.
“We all have a fair bit of rehab ahead of us and we encourage each other in the exercise programs.
“I have missed everybody, missed my work, missed having access to a phone and my laptop – but I know I can re-introduce these things gradually as I get better.
“I have been incredibly well-looked after at both the Alfred and Epworth hospitals. The staff have been tremendous and I am very grateful.”