Beau Chatley: East Perth player out of intensive care after spinal injury

Beau Chatley.
Beau Chatley.

East Perth player Beau Chatley is continuing to show small signs of improvement after suffering a serious spinal injury playing in the WAFL reserves on July 16.

Chatley was slung to the ground in a tackle at Leederville Oval, and later underwent surgery in Royal Perth Hospital.

On Monday, East Perth released a statement saying the 21-year-old had improved movement in his right arm.

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“Beau has now been moved from the Intensive Care Unit into a ward at Royal Perth Hospital,” it read.

“He is still in a critical but stable condition and continues to show signs of improvement in his right arm.

“On behalf of the Chatley family, the club would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support, kind words, prayers and donations to the Beau Chatley Recovery Fund.

“The club will continue to post updates as it hears them.”

Chatley’s father Brett told Seven News his son was intent on walking again.

“We need to wait for all the swelling to go down and then get him out to Fiona Stanley to start rehabilitation but we haven’t been told yes he will (walk) or no he won’t,” Mr Chatley said.

“At the moment everything’s been taken away from him and he just wants to get up and have a go at trying to get that movement back into his body.

“He needs to be fed, he can’t do that by himself.

“It’s very frustrating for him.”

To visit the Beau Chatley Recovery Fund, click here.