Molly Meldrum writes about accident: 'My life changed forever'
Published Apr 18 2012, 03:22 BST | By Kate Goodacre
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has commented publicly about the impact of his life-threatening accident for the first time.
The Australian entertainer and music critic fell from a ladder last December while hanging Christmas decorations at his Melbourne home
and required swift surgery to treat serious head injuries
Meldrum was allowed to return home last month
and has been undergoing a rehabilitation programme since leaving hospital
. In an open letter published in the Herald Sun
, he said that he feels lucky to be alive.
Meldrum wrote: "My life changed forever when I fell off the roof on December 15 last year. I can't say my life flashed before my eyes, but I have had plenty of time to reflect in the past few weeks, and I realise just how lucky I am."
He credited his maintenance man Joe and personal assistant Yael Cohn with saving his life, and revealed that he received phone calls from Sir Elton John and Australian prime minister Julia Gillard during his recovery.
Meldrum also addressed his recent induction into the Logies Hall of Fame
, writing: "It's lovely being in the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame; it's even better to be alive."
He described every day since the accident as "a new adventure" and also said that laughter was important to him, quipping: "I've heard all the jokes: What do Molly and St Kilda have in common? They both can't stay at the top of the ladder. It's just great to be able to laugh about it."