HUMANS OF THE HOSPITAL: Gustav Baecker

“I’m a Viking. I have the Viking gene. That’s why I was given the name Gustav after King Gustav of Sweden.

I migrated to Australia from Hungary when I was 18 looking for freedom. My family initially thought I was dead as it wasn’t possible to communicate with them until the Republic of Hungary was proclaimed.

I established a great life for myself in Australia – I married and had two daughters, established my own business and have always been involved in lots of activities such as ice-skating, horse riding, painting and singing.

I was suffering from hip pain, so after a few GP consultations, I was referred to the Rehabilitation Outpatient Physiotherapy Service at Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospitals (BMDH) and I started the physio at home program.

I’ve found the program fantastic. The physiotherapists are really professional with a lot of knowledge.They talk to me over video, give advice and guide me through the exercises.

I’ve still got about 20% to go until I’m back to normal, but I’m improving and am almost there. I’m working hard.

If you don’t take the advice of the clinicians, there’s just no point.

Once I’m recovered, I want to go ice-skating again. You’ve got to stay mobile!”

– Gustav Baecker, Quakers Hill resident, consumer at Blacktown Hospital

‘Humans of the Hospital’ is dedicated to the inspiring humans working at Westmead, Blacktown, Mount Druitt Auburn and Cumberland hospitals in western Sydney.