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Injured quake-victims reflect on a tough year

Published: 8:00PM Monday February 20, 2012 Source: ONE News

As the anniversary of the February 22 earthquake looms, two Cantabrians seriously injured during the quake are remembering the moment their lives changed forever.

Mother of three Bev Edwards and engineer Ken Hird underwent rehabilitation together while they stayed at the Burwood Spinal Unit following the 6.3 earthquake. 

Edwards was paralysed from the waist down when she was trapped under the roof of a cafe in Sydenham, while, Herd broke his neck when he was thrown from his bike into liquefied pot hole in New Brighton. 

The two are still undergoing intense rehabilitation but say they have coming to terms with their injuries.  

"Sometimes it becomes quite emotional when you think how close you were to losing all you have in life," said Hird. 

More than 6,000 people were injured and 185 lost their lives in the February 22 earthquake that devestated the Christchurch CBD.

The names of the quake-victims will be read out on Wednesday when Cantabrians mark the first anniversary of the quake.

After learning to walk again, Herd is back at work two days a week as a maintenance engineer and two weeks ago, had his first bike ride.  

"When I was first in hospital, I could only blink and move my lips so to be here now a year later is quite unbelievable," he said. 

Edwards, who also suffered 10 broken ribs, a punctured spleen and a ruptured spleen, is still a paraplegic but is hoping to walk again through intense physical therapy.

She works two days a week as a practice nurse and sews clothes for charity in her spare time. 

"I have to move on from it otherwise I would sink, I would wallow in it," said Edwards.

"Nobody will ever say I have wasted a minute of my life."

The Christchurch Memorial Service will be live on TV ONE and from noon on Wednesday, February 22.