Keith Reinke welcomed back to Beaudesert

Keith Reinke is back at home after several months in hospital following a fall. The community identity still has his p-plates on and does not know when or if he will resume his former fundraising activities but is glad to be home.
Keith Reinke is back at home after several months in hospital following a fall. The community identity still has his p-plates on and does not know when or if he will resume his former fundraising activities but is glad to be home.

COMMUNITY identity Keith Reinke, 67, was welcomed home with open arms last Wednesday after months spent in hospital recovering from a fall late last year.

His wife Gail was overjoyed to have her husband back in Beaudesert after spending about four months regularly travelling to his bedside at the PA Hospital.

"He is back for good, I am over the moon," Ms Reinke said.

"He is excellent, he is walking on a walking frame, he can feed himself, he is as good as he can be.

"He is excited to be home, he was home over the (previous) weekend and he kept saying don't send me back to that boot camp."

Mr Reinke fell and hit his head on November 23 last year and had three seizures before undergoing emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

He was in a coma for more than a week before he gradually started to recover and his wife Gail and their children Tanya, Corey and Scott have visited him in hospital regularly.

"The kids have all been fantastic and the grandkids are all glad to have him home," Ms Reinke said.

The return home is also helping him piece together his old life as a valued community member, known throughout the Scenic Rim for his role with various clubs, including Beaudesert Rotary, his fundraising work, commitment to helping youth locally and for appearing as Santa each year.

"I have still lost my memory a fair bit and now I am putting people back into perspective," Mr Reinke said.

"I am finding that most people know who I am.

"I am quite appreciative of the amount of people who want to get in touch with me."

His email inbox and phone were both overloaded with messages and he received so many cards Ms Reinke is planning an album.

"The community has been wonderful," Ms Reinke said.

Mr Reinke will undergo surgery again in September to have his skull put back in.

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