Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
19 Nov 2013
6:30 am

Successful surgery for Laxton

Wesley Botton

Sonja Laxton underwent successful surgery yesterday and will return to theatre at Milpark Hospital on Friday for a second procedure, according to her husband Ian.

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The 65-year-old long distance runner was seriously injured on Sunday morning after she was involved in a hit and run while training. She broke numerous bones and suffered multiple fractures.

“The surgery went better than we expected,” said Ian Laxton.

“It lasted about two hours and they’ve managed to do about half the work on her shoulder, arm and ankle.

“They’ve also done the prep work for Friday’s surgery. Fortunately she does not need a shoulder replacement, which was a concern.”

Laxton’s daughter, Kim, said the family had received overwhelming support for her mother, who remained in intensive care.

“She’s battered and blue and it’s going to take time for her to heal,” said Kim Laxton, a medical doctor.

“We’ve had a lot of phone calls and sms’s from people, so there’s been an incredible wealth of support. People have been very kind.”

Laxton is one of the best known road runners in the country, setting multiple national records in a glittering athletics career that has lasted more than 50 years.