OUR CARE IN THE AIR

How LifeF­light as­sists res­i­dents in the North Burnett

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH res­i­dents Ken and Lor­raine Mogg know first-hand how im­por­tant LifeF­light is to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Mrs Mogg was air­lifted from Gayn­dah Hos­pi­tal on New Year’s Day suf­fer­ing ab­dom­i­nal pain and said hav­ing LifeF­light was in­valu­able.

“They are on call 24/7 and are just in­cred­i­ble at what they do and that’s why we want to do what­ever we can for them,” Mrs Mogg said.

“I’d have been se­verely af­fected if we had to drive to Bund­aberg.

“It only took around 20 min­utes by air.”

Mr Mogg also had to be air­lifted in the past after suf­fer­ing a bro­ken leg in 2012.

“We were try­ing to clear out some bats and I came tum­bling out of the tree and broke my leg,” Mr Mogg said.

“I can’t re­mem­ber too much after that be­cause they had me drugged up.

“But I do know that, with­out them, the town and com­mu­nity would suf­fer com­pletely, it’s a com­fort to know they are and avail­able.”

Mrs Mogg was air­lifted out of Gayn­dah on New Year’s Day after head­ing to Gayn­dah hos­pi­tal with ab­dom­i­nal pain.

“She was in se­vere pain at the time,” Mr Mogg said.

“My wife doesn’t tend to get sick too of­ten so for her to go to the hos­pi­tal was a big call but it ended up be­ing the right thing to do.

“She was in a lot of pain and, as I say, LifeF­light staff were very good with her: If they weren’t avail­able, she would have had to en­dure a two-hour trip to Bund­aberg in se­vere pain. This ser­vice is ex­cel­lent.”

Mr and Mrs Mogg both want to give back to LifeF­light in any­way they can.

“I think ev­ery­body should get on board and do thing to help them,” Mrs Mogg said.

“My flight alone cost them $12,000 so I think ev­ery­body needs to get be­hind them and help where pos­si­ble.

“We do choose to live in the coun­try but just know­ing that they are there to help us out if we need it is re­ally re­as­sur­ing.”

De­spite be­ing in im­mense pain, Mrs Mogg said the LifeF­light crew made the ex­pe­ri­ence as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a bad time which says a lot about how pro­fes­sional they are,” Mrs Mogg said.

As a way of giv­ing back to the ser­vice, Mr and Mrs Mogg have com­mit­ted all pro­ceeds from the two fun triathlon races on Aus­tralia Day to LifeF­light.

And they en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get in­volved. If you wish to do­nate, you can visit their web­site at www.lifef­light.org.au or call 1800 630 014.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

RAIS­ING AWARE­NESS: Ken and Lor­raine Mogg have ex­pe­ri­enced LifeF­light and want to give back some­thing.

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