Hans’ manager provides update on cabaret star’s injuries after falling on stage
Australian cabaret star Hans is still preparing to fly to London for a “very delicate” operation in a few days, his manager has said, after the entertainer was injured on a cruise ship last week.
The artist (pictured), real name Matt Gilbertson, was performing on a cruise ship when he fell from the stage into an orchestra pit
Manager David Wilson gave an update on the entertainer, who fractured his foot and ankle and suffered up to five spinal fractures after the four-metre high dive.
Wilson told ABC Radio Adelaide on Monday that Hans was still hospitalized in Turkey and planned to travel in a few days.
“What we’re trying to do is get him airlifted from Turkey to London where he can get the treatment and surgery he needs,” he said.
“It’s a very delicate operation, a very complicated type of operation.
“The injuries he suffered that we know of at the moment [is] that it is a broken foot and ankle and a number – possibly five – of spinal fractures.
Wilson said it was a complicated process to arrange the transfer, requiring the cooperation of medical authorities and travel insurance companies.
“The attending physician in Turkey must sign that he is fit to fly and that there will be no complications while he is in a jet for several hours at altitude,” he said.
“And the doctor who receives must sign and confirm that he will accept the patient when he arrives and put him directly in care there.
Hans will spend weeks recovering from surgery in London
Hans’ manager David Wilson said at this stage the entertainer would fly to London on Wednesday morning and go straight to a private hospital.
“They have already identified the surgeon who will take care of him. He is very experienced and very well respected and for that we are very grateful to him,” Wilson said.
“We could arrange for the operation to be carried out in Turkey, although he might need to be transferred to Istanbul.
“But the downside to that obviously is after the operation you have to stay where you are for several weeks to recuperate and recuperate. Flying would not be an option.
“That means he would be essentially alone during this recovery period in a town where he has no support and in a town where English is not the first language.”
But in London, Wilson said the entertainer had a network of friends who could support him.
Wilson said a deckhand from a cruise ship stayed with Hans as an interpreter for several days after the accident.
Hans was also traveling with a companion who is an associate professor of medicine, which was “incredibly helpful,” Wilson said.
The artist’s manager said he also communicates with him regularly.
“He always makes me laugh, and sometimes in the calls we have, the laughs are more fluid than others,” he said.
“I can tell by the tone of voice, there are phone calls where he talks through the pain and it’s very ‘an eighty’.”
“Other times [he’s] a little more playful, while he may have just been on medication and is a little more relaxed and at ease.
An interpreter revealed a cruise ship accident on social media
Hans first addressed the crash himself on social media over the weekend.
The entertainer said at the time that he would need surgery, but his injuries “could have been much, much worse”.
Hans canceled a place at the Broken Heel Festival in Australia. He said upcoming shows are “currently on hold until we have a better idea of my recovery plan.”
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