Praise for our am­bos

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By JODIE DIXON

ANA­PHY­LAXIS is a po­ten­tially life threat­en­ing al­ler­gic re­ac­tion and should al­ways be treated as a med­i­cal emer­gency.

One Gin Gin lo­cal knows first­hand the dan­gers of an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion and get­ting help be­fore it’s too late.

Gary Skip­per has been man­ag­ing his con­di­tion for more than nine years.

The com­pli­cated med­i­cal con­di­tion has re­sulted in nu­mer­ous hos­pi­tal vis­its and a long list of med­i­ca­tions he has re­acted to in the past.

He re­quires reg­u­lar hos­pi­tal vis­its and tests and in the past year has had two sit­u­a­tions re­quir­ing am­bu­lance as­sis­tance.

Mr Skip­per said he did not re­mem­ber too much from the re­cent in­ci­dent, apart from the re­as­sur­ance from the am­bu­lance of­fi­cer say­ing ev­ery­thing was go­ing to be all right.

“My con­di­tion is not no­tice­able and you don’t know I have it till I have a re­ac­tion,” Mr Skip­per said.

Gin Gin am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Mel Bayn­tun said she saw peo­ple at their most vul­ner­a­ble and it was im­por­tant to re­spect and re­as­sure the pa­tient.

Mr Skip­per said he could not thank Ms Bayn­tun and Tai Blis­sett enough.

“I want the com­mu­nity to know how much I ap­pre­ci­ate what they have done for me,” he said.

“I have bat­tled with my con­di­tion and have had bad ex­pe­ri­ences in the past with hos­pi­tals.”

Mr Skip­per said he wanted to thank Ms Bayn­tun and all the med­i­cal staff at the Gin Gin hos­pi­tal for all their sup­port and car­ing na­ture.

“Am­bu­lance of­fi­cers need more thanks for all their hard work; I truly ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing Mel has done for me,” he said.

“Mel is a credit to the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and I want to recog­nise her and give thanks.”

Ms Bayn­tun said she was flat­tered by the grat­i­tude shown by Mr Skip­per and said it was rare to re­ceive a thank you.

“I was only do­ing my job and I enjoy be­ing an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer,” she said.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

GIV­ING THANKS: Gary Skip­per thanks the hard­work­ing am­bu­lance of­fi­cers of Gin Gin, Mel Bayn­tun and Tai Blis­sett, for their care and at­ten­tion.

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