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Surgery for Molly today
Surgery for Molly today

Ian 'Molly' Meldrum will have surgery on his broken collarbone and ribs today.

The 65-year-old star, who fell three metres at his Richmond home on December 15, remains in a serious but stable condition at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

Meldrum's manager Mark Klemens said: "He still is serious and in intensive care and it will be a really long road, but there are baby steps and good news."

His sedation had been reduced, allowing him to briefly open his eyes on several occasions.

Meldrum fractured his skull when he fell in the backyard while putting Christmas decorations up on the roof of his elevated spa.

Fans have rallied with messages of support for the music icon, who hosted one of Australia's pioneering pop music shows, Countdown, in the 1970s and 80s and appeared regularly as a music reviewer and interviewer of rock stars on Hey Hey It's Saturday through the 80s and 90s.

"Molly's a pretty tough customer, but I know he would be overwhelmed by the level of support he is receiving. Certainly from a family point of view that support has been an invaluable source of strength and comfort, for which we cannot thank you enough," his brother Brian Meldrum said. "They say patience is a virtue, and patience is certainly something we need to have right now. For Molly it will be a long, slow road but I have no doubt it will be much smoothed by having so many of his friends, fans and well-wishers traveling on it with him."

The West Australian

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