Former Oakbank Racing Club chairman John Glatz, who suffered critical burns now awake & Stable

Former Oakbank Racing Club chairman John Glatz, who suffered critical burns now awake & Stable

Former Oakbank Racing Club chairman John Glatz, who suffered critical burns in the Cudlee Creek bushfire, is now awake and in a stable condition at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, his friend has confirmed.

Key points:

  • Mr Glatz suffered burns to 60 per cent of his body while defending his home in the Adelaide Hills
  • The racing community has rallied around the popular figure
  • He has now emerged from an induced coma, with a friend saying his first request was for a beer

Mr Glatz was rushed to hospital more than a fortnight ago after sustaining the injuries while trying to defend his Adelaide Hills home and horses from the Cudlee Creek inferno.

The 73-year-old has burns to 60 per cent of his body and was left “fighting for his life” as a result of the deadly fire which claimed the life of 69-year-old Charleston man Ron Selth.

Mr Selth’s body was found at his property the day after the fire broke out, while Mr Glatz has been in an induced coma at the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Fellow horse trainer John Hickmott said he was overjoyed when he heard, through the racing community, of his long-time friend’s progress.

“They just said he’s alert and he’s awake, they got the tubes out and he’s speaking,” Mr Hickmott said.

“The first thing they said was ‘would you like a drink of water?’ and he said ‘I’d rather a beer’. When he said that, you know he’s in good spirits.”