The accident involved a motor
vehicle, and I was on a pushbike.
Collided at an intersection.
I woke up sort of about
five weeks later.
It was an amazing...
To look down and all
I could see was wires and tubes.
You couldn't speak so wasn't quite
sure exactly what had happened,
so it was fairly an emotional few
weeks to try and sort all that out.
I can recall as soon as I woke up
from...out of the coma,
my first request to my wife, Julie,
was to give me my BlackBerry,
I needed to get on with my work.
I was chief general manager
of a company called Allianz
and also chief executive officer
of Club Marine Insurance.
It was a fairly stressful job,
but I really enjoyed it.
Work was a lot of my life.
I did try to go back to work
after the accident,
some eight months later,
for four hours,
two days a week,
but, unfortunately, four hours
quickly became eight hours
and became 12 hours,
and the rehab was getting put into
second place behind work,
so that required a meeting
and some serious words coming
from the medical staff and my wife
about giving up work
and getting on with my health
and recovery and the rehab process.
So that's when the decision was
that work decided the only way
I was going to stop working
was for them to, um...
terminate my role
and get me back into
the rehab process.
My approach to rehab, quite simple
really - I never miss a session.
My mission has been to be there
before the time it starts
and to make sure
that you follow the instructions
from the rehab staff
and your homework
that you're given each time
when you leave there.
Because if you don't do the rehab,
you don't get the benefit from it.
I understand that I wont be able
to get back into a high-powered
um...but hopefully I can find
something that I can manage
or do on a temporary basis
sometime in the future.
The first thing Greg asked for after waking from a coma was his blackberry – 'I needed to get on with work' and back to a high-ranking executive role. Greg's determination to get back to work overshadowed his rehabilitation.
Here he talks about the difficult decision to walk away from work and focus on rehabilitation.