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Molly Meldrum's family to "celebrate" his birthday despite accident

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Australian entertainer Molly Meldrum

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Molly Meldrum's family have revealed that they will "celebrate" his birthday this weekend.

The Australian entertainer, who is currently in Epworth Rehabilitation centre after falling off a ladder at his house before Christmas, will turn 66 on Sunday and his loved ones want to mark the special day because he nearly died in the accident.

His brother Brian told the Herald Sun: "We will be celebrating that he is here to have a birthday because that fall was very close to being fatal."

Since the December incident, Meldrum has undergone several rounds of surgery to repair a fractured skull, brain swelling, a broken collarbone and ribs and a punctured lung.

Doctors have predicted that his recovery will take a "considerable amount of time" because he is still very "confused".

Earlier this week, Meldrum was honoured at the Australian Rolling Stone Awards, being named 'The Immortal', a lifetime achievement award presented to celebrate outstanding contribution to popular culture.

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