'HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE': Broncos visit sparks tears of joy
LONNIE Duncan has had a few shocks in his life, but few can rival the one that brought tears to his eyes on Saturday morning when he looked up from his cup off coffee to find three Broncos players standing next to his bed.
After more than five months in hospital, a visit from Andrew McCullough, Matthew Lodge and Tevita Pangai Junior was the surprise that brought hope to Mr Duncan's eyes.
"I can't stop smiling," he said.
The 32-year-old Boggabilla man has been in and out of surgery for the past six months in the aftermath of a horrific motorbike accident that shattered both his legs in September.
For months, he feared he would not be able to walk again.
"It seemed like I was in surgery more than I was out of it for a while there," he said.
"Some days you get down because you miss family and your friends. It's been that long now."
A passionate fan who never missed a game, Mr Duncan said the Broncos helped him through the tough times even before three star players set foot in the Warwick Hospital to meet him.
"I was just shocked and got pretty emotional," he said.
"You just don't expect these things," he said.
After being away from home for so long, Mr Ducan said the visit was exactly the boost he needed to keep him going as he pinned his hopes on returning to Boggabilla in the coming month.
"It's been a long journey in hospital and I just can't wait to get home."
Mr Duncan said his recovery has progressed well and he would be able to walk again.
Dash for the try
The day he met three of his sporting heroes will be one Mr Duncan remembers for the rest of his life, but it came together at the last minute.
A phone call to say the Broncos would visit at 10am that morning had nurses at the Warwick Hospital dashing faster than Steve Renouf to get their patient ready for his special guests.
Even though she's a Blues supporter, Warwick Hospital Aboriginal health worker Kayleen Wallace said she was glad to see it all come together at such short notice.
Mr Duncan thanked the Warwick Hospital staff.
"The care here is beautiful. Everyone is loving and caring and nice. staff at the Warwick Hospital have been wonderful," he said.
To see Lonnie Ducan give a play-by-play of the big surprise, visit warwickdailynews .com.au