Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his wife have spoken out about the circumstances in which he suffered a back injury.

Andrews broke several ribs and suffered an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra after slipping at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula on March 9.

The 48-year-old was released from hospital on March 15 and has been recovering at home since.

Rumours of a “cover up” circulated after no one heard from the premier for multiple weeks.

Ahead of his return to work on Monday, after 111 days away, Andrews released a video explaining exactly what happened on that fateful day.

Sitting on a couch with his wife Catherine, Andrews explained how the family had been enjoying a weekend away at the beach after a “really busy” few months when took a tumble.

“I’m making my way to the car to head off to work and it had been raining,” he said in the clip.

“Not sure if it was raining at the time…I put my foot on to the first step I knew I was in trouble.

“I didn’t really connect with the step it just sort of slid straight off I become airborne almost.

“So I’m horizontal with the step and then all I could hear was this almighty crunch.

“And that’s when I knew …when I heard the crunch I thought this is serious, we’re in trouble here.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his wife have spoken out about the circumstances in which he suffered a back injury.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his wife have spoken out about the circumstances in which he suffered a back injury. Credit: Dan Andrews

Andrews said he was struggling to breathe as he lay helpless in the floor waiting and hoping to be rescued.

Catherine heard painful groans and rushed to help.

“It was awful because you were going blue and I thought you’re going to die here in Sorrento in this holiday house,” Catherine said.

She immediately called for an ambulance.

Andrews said he remembers paramedics arriving but not much after they gave him “significant pain relief”.

Andrews thanked all the staff who have helped him during his recovery period.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this, I’ve never really been injured, I’ve never been admitted to hospital in all my life.

“It’s painful, it’s difficult. As traumatic as it was, we were lucky we were very, very lucky.”

Andrews described the rumours surrounding his injury as “vile” but assured his followers politics “isn’t always like that”.

“Being the premier of this state is the greatest honour of my life,” he said.

“When you have a traumatic moment you kind of reassess things. You remind yourself of the things that are really really important you know family is important but so too is delivering for every family, working hard for every Victorian family. That’s the oath I swore.

“That’s the job I’ve got.”

He concluded saying he was “fit, healthy and strong” and ready to take on the role.

He also confirmed he would be on the ballot at the November 2022 election.

“There’s unfinished business and I’m determined to get it done.”

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and wife Catherine break silence on infamous fall
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