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Lismore councillor recovering from surgery after motorbike crash

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UPDATE: Lismore councillor Neil Marks is recovering after a successful operation at Toowoomba hospital today following a motorbike accident last Saturday. His wife Deborah has thanked friends and supporters in a Facebook message, saying ‘Your support and prayers have been amazing’.

Earlier report

Popular Lismore councillor Neil Marks will undergo surgery today to remove his spleen after a motorbike accident near Toowoomba last Saturday.

Cr Marks, who for many years was a presenter on local radio, was riding with friends when he came off his bike while rounding a corner in wet conditions just outside Leyburn, about 55 kilometres from Toowoomba.

His wife Deborah told Echonetdaily that Cr Marks developed bleeding from his spleen and had opted to have surgery, which was scheduled for this morning.

‘He was feeling quite anxious about it but he rang a fellow motorbike rider who had the operation about five years ago and felt reassured after being told it had not affected his friend’s quality of life.

Ms Marks admitted she was a bit anxious about the operation, and also a bit angry at herself.

‘I’m a bit angry because it was the first time ever that I said it was too wet to go but I didn’t push the point’ she said.

She said following the surgery Cr Marks would stay in hospital for at least three days recovering until he was well enough to make the journey home.

Since the accident, Cr Marks has made a number of posts on Facebook, praising the cheekiness of nursing staff at Toowoomba, and reassuring one of his followers that his bike had indeed survived the ordeal.

When asked if the accident meant he wouldn’t be trying out for the Crusty Demon stunt bike riding team, Cr Marks responded not ‘unless Crusty means old’.


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