Great news from down under, as cartoonist Bill Leak, who was in a medically induced coma for three days after experiencing a severe head injury, is out of ICU and on the mend:

“He continues to be lucid and doing all the right things. He is medically very stable.”

Dr Assaad said Leak did not appear to have suffered any memory loss despite the fall and having endured two brain operations to remove a blood clot on the surface of his brain.

“Bill is recovering marvellously well,” he said.

“So far, there have been nocomplications and we don’t expect any further surgery to be required.