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Molly Meldrum thanks fans, friends for support after near-fatal fall

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Australian entertainer Molly Meldrum

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Molly Meldrum has thanked his friends, family and fans for their support while he has been recovering from a near-fatal accident.

The 66-year-old Australian television personality was moved from intensive care to a rehabilitation centre last month, after sustaining serious head injuries when he fell from a ladder at his home in December. He said that he has missed work, his house and his beloved dog Ziggy very much.

Meldrum told AAP: "Although I am not ready yet, I can't wait to go home, to look after Ziggy, to see my friends and to properly thank them, my family and the hundreds of people who sent their best wishes and love to me.

"I have missed everybody, missed my work, missed having access to a phone and my laptop, but I know I can re-introduce these things gradually as I get better."

Meldrum also thanked the Australian prime minister for her well wishes, saying: "I even received a card from Julia Gillard, so I wish her all the best. I hope she's having a better time than I am."

The entertainer is suffering from post-traumatic amnesia and is still experiencing short-term memory loss and disorientation, but said that he is being well looked after by staff at the Epworth medical centre.

"Believe it or not, while I can't say I like being in hospital, I know I have been very well supported," Meldrum added. "I have enjoyed meeting other patients and their families. We all have a fair bit of rehab ahead of us and we encourage each other in the exercise programmes."

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