Lester defies the odds
NO PAIN, no gain.
That is the mantra Jandowae man Lester Mittelstadt now lives by.
After the horror car accident he was involved in last October left him critically injured, the Western Downs community has become amazed with his speedy recovery.
Cruising around on his power chair, Mr Mittelstadt has taken life by the horns with a gleaming smile and a positive attitude.
"I am still here and I am still breathing," he said.
"The love and support of the Jandowae community has been absolutely fantastic and I don't know how to put it into words how to thank them."
Mr Mittelstadt is currently taking residence at Myall Motel in Dalby while his house in Jandowae is being modified to cater for wheelchair access.
"I am covered by compulsory third party insurance, so the house is being fitted out with a disabled friendly bathroom, front door lift and widening of some doorways," he said.
"We don't know how long it will take to get finished."
Mr Mittelstadt is limited to what he can do and is undertaking rehabilitation and physiotherapy three days a week.
"I can walk to a certain extent and am focussing on strengthening and balancing my weaker parts, but my physiotherapist said it could take 12 months or more," he said.
"I have a spinal injury and have to visit Western Downs hand therapy twice a week to have specialist treatment on my right arm and hand for the nerve damage."
Whilst Mr Mittelstadt remains self sufficient, his wife Janelle helps with odd little things.
"In general I can handle most things, but there are a few everyday life activities that are a bit hard," he said.
"The doctors were amazed at my four month recovery, but have described it as incomplete so only time will tell as to when I can go back to work or drive."
Mr Mittelstadt said he has a brand new power chair on order which will be decked out with modified wheels, an aerial and lights.