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Nick Walls Goes Home

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Fuseworks Media

The accountant trapped for 10 hours in the collapsed Pyne Gould Corporation building after the February 22 magnitude 6.3 earthquake, walked out of Christchurch Hospital yesterday.

Nick Walls, a senior accountant with Leech & Partners, suffered crush syndrome when he was pinned on his left side under his desk by debris and had to await his fate with several other trapped colleagues.

Rescuers managed to eventually dig a tunnel to reach Nick and drag him to safety but the 30-year-old later required surgery to amputate muscles and tissue around his bottom and, up until yesterday, he was in Christchurch Hospital's orthopaedic ward recovering.

Ward Charge Nurse Manager Karen Wilson says Nick has made a great recovery and she attributed it to his positive attitude, determination to walk, the support he has received from friends and family, as well as her excellent multi-disciplinary team who helped care for him.

"Nick is the loveliest guy; we're really going to miss him."

Nick says he cannot fault the care he has received but has been itching to walk out of the hospital and get home.

"They're just an amazing bunch of dedicated doctors and nurses as well as everyone else who works in here (at Christchurch Hospital) who has been involved in my care. Without them I wouldn't be walking out today."

It was also an emotional event for Nick's parents, Jenny and Tony, to see their son leave hospital after almost six weeks.

Jenny Walls says it has been an extremely hard time for their family but they are some of the luckier ones.

"There have been so many people affected by what has happened and much worse than us. We are so lucky to have Nick with us."

Although Nick has been discharged Christchurch Hospital staff will remain in close contact to monitor his progress. He will also be able to be immediately admitted should he need further treatment.

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