by Craig Heydon
Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is continuing to show very positive signs as she continues to recover from a head injury sustained during the final race of the Australian Youth Championships.
Tess Lloyd and Lewis Duncan - Ist after 2 days - Australian Youth Championships Day 2 - 29ers
Following the accident Tess was placed in an induced coma but is now fully awake and off the medication that was controlling the coma.
Tess’ family and friends have reported that she is showing all of those ‘Tess’ traits that they would expect; a lovely smile, warm and friendly nature and a sense of humour.
Tess’ memory continues to improve, along with her speech, which is now generally very coherent. While some words don’t quite work yet, everyday means that there are fewer that don’t. Tess does continue to have some short-term memory issues.
Tess has been doing some physical testing – walking the line, balancing, throwing, catching and kicking a ball – without faltering according to dad Mark.
Tess has been a very hungry girl due to throat irritation but is now able to eat…although her craving for an 'Urban Burger' remains unfulfilled!
The Lloyd family is currently of the view that while they could return to Melbourne shortly it is in Tess’ best interest, as she continues to recover, to take advantage of the very highly regarded rehabilitation facility at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. This will depend on getting access to this facility quickly. The Lloyd family would like to thank the excellent doctors, nurses and ambulance staff that have played such a big part in Tess’ recovery.
Over the last three weeks Tess has received an incredible amount of support from the sailing community across the globe, Melbourne yacht clubs, the Australian 29er fleet, her school and of course all of her family and friends.
Tess’ hospital room is filled with photos, balloons, flowers and posters, all of which have helped her tremendously during this difficult time.
These Yachting Australia updates on Tess’ progress will now be far less regular; a further update will be issued when a date for Tess’ return to Melbourne is known.