A man badly injured in the Canterbury earthquake has come out of a coma.
Simon Robinson, 55, was crushed by a fallen chimney and is in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital after operations on his legs, feet, jaw and shoulders.
In a statement, the Fendalton resident says he is incredibly grateful to his heroic neighbours and wife who saved his life by pulling him out from the rubble and getting him to hospital within an hour.
He says he remembers everything and it feels surreal to him how life has changed.
Two other people with quake injuries have now left hospital.