WHEN doctors told Peter Giblin he would get a view of New Year's Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbour from his son's hospital bed, he knew they did not know his son.
"I said, 'I'm not going to be here. I'll be watching it on TV'," Peter said. He was right.
Teenage race car driver Brock is out of hospital and rehabilitation and back home at Landsborough only four months after a fiery track crash which almost claimed his life.
After the crash, Peter and his wife Shiralee kept a bedside vigil for more than a week waiting for Brock to wake from an induced coma.
He had 13 operations in six weeks after the crash, during practice for the Australian Manufacturers' Championships at Sydney's Eastern Creek raceway on July 11.
The 17-year-old is back doing what most boys his age do - sleeping in, playing Xbox and Playstation, and grabbing Maccas with his mates.
He has visited Maleny High a few times with a view to returning to school and has booked his driving licence test later this month.
A return to competitive driving is also on the cards.
Mr Giblin said the last four months, particularly the days after the crash, were now a blur.
He and his wife always believed Brock would recover well from the crash but he now realised that other people had not survived similar injuries.
"What was going on and what went on - we must have really been in shock.
"We probably thought everything was going to be good but when you look at it in the cold, hard light of day, it was pretty serious."
Mr Giblin said Brock had always been determined and put much of his recovery down to his strength of mind.
"If he wants to do something, you really can't stop him," he said.
Brock is still settling into life at home.
"It still feels a little strange. I still feel a little out of place," Brock said.
"Some things remind me of hospital, like having to say goodnight to my parents.
"It wasn't the crash that bothered me.
"The worst thing was having to say goodbye to my parents every night, knowing I'd have to go 12 hours before I'd see them again in the morning."
Brock has to wear a compression body suit to help his skin heal and pushes himself in physiotherapy four days a week to regain his strength and mobility.
"I know even if I can make slow gains, it will get better eventually," he said.
"I get a bit upset having to look at my hands and seeing them a bit burnt and scarred, but I've got family support and friends.
"We just all work together and will do it all as a team, you know what I mean?"
Brock said the last four months had taught him there was no need to ever face anything alone.
"If you are having any problems with anything, you're not alone. People are there to help you and support you."
Although he has been home only a little more than a week, Brock will head back to Sydney with his father today for an end-of-season dinner with motorsports marshals and officials.
"It's a good opportunity to thank everybody," Peter said.
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