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After almost two years of battling, paralysed Kambah man John Peers dies in Canberra Hospital

Kambah pensioner John Peers who had battled long and hard to get back in his own home died at the Canberra Hospital on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old had been hospitalised for 20 months after he was paralysed from the chest down in a freak accident in a London hotel. He broke his neck after falling off a chair in May, 2014.

His recovery had been in hospitals in both England and Australia. His neck was fused by screws and plates and he could not move his head.

There was hope earlier this month he would be well enough to leave the Canberra Hospital for good but his partner Vicki Lilley said Mr Peers developed pneumonia and a stomach ulcer which bled and caused a significant loss of blood.

"After all his fighting, it was all too much for him," Ms Lilley said.

His funeral will be held at the Norwood Park crematorium in Mitchell on Wednesdayat noon. Ms Lilley said Mr Peers had faced the challenges of his recovery with a brave heart.

"He was just a wonderful man, so gentle and kind," she said.