ONE of three surgeons who helped repair courageous Brisbane Broncos captain Darren Lockyer's face hails from Rockhampton.
A Broncos' season ticket holder, Dr Trent Lincoln found out he'd be assisting surgeons Dr John Arvier and Dr Peter Myers soon after Saturday night's blockbuster, and battled to sleep.
"I'm a season member. I'm a huge fan of Darren's," the oral and maxillofacial trainee surgeon who graduated from Rockhampton Grammar School in 2000 said.
"I had trouble sleeping the night before it. I was pretty happy to get involved as that's my interest anyway."
Dr Lincoln worked as an ear, nose and throat doctor at the Rockhampton Base Hospital in 2009 after studying at the prestigious Monash University in Melbourne from 2002.
Fittingly, Dr Lincoln is a guest speaker at a conference next month, along with Dr Arvier, where they'll deliver a talk about when it is safe to return to contact sport after zygomatic (cheekbone) injuries.
Dr Lincoln said he first became interested in zygomatic injuries after former university classmate and current Australian Wallabies star Stephen Moore suffered a broken jaw in 2010.
"He saw three different surgeons and they all gave him different opinions about when it was safe to return to sport and that's why I became interested in it," he said. "And that's why I got involved in Darren's surgery."
While he'd love to see his Broncos win tonight and advance through to next weekend's NRL Grand Final, Lincoln wasn't about to predict whether Lockyer would lead the team out if they did.
"His acceptance of risk is his issue. I think Darren's indicated he'll return for the grand final if they make it and obviously the decision is up to him," Dr Lincoln said.
"Dr Javier gives the recommendation, but the final decision is up to the patient.
"But, Dr Javier was very happy with how the surgery went. All the post-operative recovery is going well."
Dr Lincoln's mother Megan is the nurse unit manager of the surgical ward at Hillcrest Private Hospital, and also an avid Broncos fan.
"I'm very proud of him. Darren Lockyer's his idol. He's a member of the Broncos and goes to every game," Mrs Lincoln said.
"I love them too. I try and get to as many games as I can too."
His acceptance of risk is his issue."
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