OUR CARE IN THE AIR
How LifeFlight assists residents in the North Burnett
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.
RAISING AWARENESS: Ken and Lorraine Mogg have experienced LifeFlight and want to give back something.