Aaron Payne has been loving spending some weekends back on the family farm while continuing his recovery after brain surgery.
Aaron Payne has been loving spending some weekends back on the family farm while continuing his recovery after brain surgery. Georja Ryan

Aaron making great strides in recovery after brain surgery

TEENAGER Aaron Payne has been enjoying some time back on the family farm at Freestone, as he continues his recovery following brain surgery in November.

The operation was performed to combat seizures he endured as a result of a rare condition called Rasmussen's Encephalitis.

A family friend said Aaron and mum Kathy headed back to Brisbane on Monday January 7 after spending two weeks at home over the Christmas period.

"Aaron particularly enjoyed the tranquillity of the family's Freestone farm and was chuffed to note that on the drive home, they brought a little rain with them - pleasing for all the Freestone farmers," she said.

"The time at home was a mix of catching up with friends and family, lots of swimming as well as rest but Aaron, in his usual determined way, was keen to attempt everything he did prior to surgery.

"No-one expected to see him on the quad bike this soon, helping Dad move the cows, albeit driving one-armed."

Back in Brisbane for rehab, already his determination is paying off.

The family friend said that lots of positive and achievable goals had been set for Aaron to work towards over the next five weeks.

On their return to Brisbane, Kathy and Aaron have been enjoying the hospitality and camaraderie of families at Ronald McDonald House, with Aaron trumping quite a few at Uno.

Despite the hospitality, Kathy said, "there is no place like home" and both she and Aaron would be "counting the sleeps" to return to the family farm on weekends.



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