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Emotional return

Errol Ranville thanks staff at HSC for care he received following accident

Errol Ranville speaks to a crowd at Health Sciences Centre.
Errol Ranville speaks to a crowd at Health Sciences Centre.

BY FELICIA WASYLOWSKI
Winnipeg Health Region
Published Friday June 17, 2011

For the first time since the car accident that critically injured him and claimed the life of his wife and four others, Canadian musician Errol Ranville provided an emotional update to Health Sciences Centre staff, including some of the doctors and nurses who treated him, on his progress since that day.

"It has been a difficult journey and my daily physical therapy and care continues," said Errol. "I still have to deal with my loss and trauma, and the loneliness, depression and fear, but I continue work on healing, physically, emotionally, mentally and personally."

Errol spent 62 days at HSC, undergoing multiple surgeries and numerous physical therapy sessions. Initially doctors didn't know if he would survive the accident. The injuries he sustained were numerous and serious: a broken back (disk), sternum, ribs, pelvis, shattered lower right leg, ankle and foot, broken left ankle and foot. He is now at home continuing his daily physical therapy.

Errol Ranville shares a word with Dr. Darryl Perry, a member of his care team at HSC.

Errol Ranville shares a word with Dr. Darryl Perry, a member of his care team at HSC.

"I want to thank everyone who supported me through this difficult journey, including my sisters, sister-in-law Myrelene, Aunt Dolly and nieces who stayed with me every night as well as many family members throughout the day, and of course my niece Roxanne who was with me on a daily basis," said Errol.

"I also want to acknowledge the many visitors and hundreds of phone calls we received on a daily basis. They were expertly handled by the Winnipeg Health Region so I could focus my energy on my recovery," he said.

"Of course a very special 'thank you' all the staff at HSC who were so kind and provided me with outstanding care," said Errol.

Music has been an important part of Errol's life, and unfortunately he will not be able to perform in his C-Weed Band concerts in 2011. However, he will remain active in the music industry, mentoring new and up and coming Aboriginal singers/songwriters.

Ali Fontaine performs at the press conference today.

Ali Fontaine performs at the press conference today.

"I wish to focus on moving my life forward and one of the things I am excited about is helping with 16-year-old Ali Fontaine's career," said Errol. "Mentoring this young singer gives me excitement and a passion for life again."

"Thanks to the dedication of HSC health care providers Errol is continuing his journey on Mother Earth," said the Honourable Eric Robinson, Deputy Premier and Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. "We're excited to see him back mentoring Manitoba musicians and promoting our rich musical legacy."

Ali Fontaine sang a heart felt song at the news conference entitled "I Miss you" as a thank-you to everyone who supported Errol's recovery.

Errol and his late wife, Marcie, managed the Manitoba Star Attractions Talent Showcase in 2010 which produced Ali Fontaine as a winner.

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