Dan?s return home gains welcome lift
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WORK for the homecoming of local lad Dan Horton has reached promising heights, with the installation of a specially designed lift at his home this week.
The $25,000 lift, installed free of charge by Matherson Crane Hire, will be used to transport Dan up to his new room beside his family home.
Dan was paralysed from the chest down last year after a motorbike accident and has spent the past seven months in a spinal ward in Brisbane.
Dan's mother Kathy Horton yesterday said the lift was the most expensive item the family had to purchase for his homecoming.
'It was wonderful to see it (the lift) go in,' Mrs Horton said.
'The Gladstone people have pur-chased that with their generous donations, so all I can say is thank you very much.'
So far the Gladstone community has raised more than $21,000 through the Bring Dan Home campaign.
He is expected to arrive back in Gladstone at the end of month.
Mrs Horton said the installation of the lift was a sign Dan would soon be coming home.
'I am excited, anxious, nervous, a whole bunch of emotions,' Mrs Horton said.
Mrs Horton said the lift would help Dan maintain his independence while still being part of the family unit.