Lo­cal paramedic hon­oured by pa­tient

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

IT’S not of­ten paramedics get to find out the end of a pa­tient’s story.

“We’re left won­der­ing what hap­pened to that pa­tient, did they sur­vive or did they die?” said QAS paramedic An­thony Wemm.

“To see the pa­tient come in to say thank you gives us drive for do­ing our job, gives us pride in our job, and also helps build our men­tal re­silience from do­ing a re­ally good job.”

He ex­plained that paramedics in­vested a lot into re­spond­ing to in­ci­dents and help­ing pa­tients, but of­ten trans­port­ing them to the hospi­tal was the end of the story.

“That’s pretty much the end of it for us.”

So for An­thony it was a real treat to be paid a visit by Jeff Wright from Townsville last month.

An­thony and three other paramedics were per­son­ally thanked by Mr Wright, who was crit­i­cally in­jured when struck by a car while rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle on the Cap­tain Cook Hwy in late Au­gust.

An­thony ended up on the job de­spite not even be­ing ros­tered on.

“On that day I was trav­el­ling down to Cairns to do some shop­ping and I saw an am­bu­lance parked and then I saw the crashed up mo­tor­bike and the van.

“I saw a sin­gle paramedic on the road so that's when I jump- ed out.

“We as paramedics are more than will­ing to jump out and give a hand.”

It was just part of the life of a paramedic work­ing in the com­mu­nity.

“As part of our du­ties we drive back and for­wards be­tween Cairns and Moss­man, and there are times that we do come across ac­ci­dents or we are the clos­est unit where we have to re­spond to ac­ci­dents.

“We do come across ac­ci­dents that we’re not ex­pect­ing – we’re the first peo­ple on the scene.”

He said the Moss­man and Port Dou­glas com­mu­nity was highly re­spect­ful of the QAS.

“They have a very high level and trust to­wards the am­bu­lance ser­vice.

“That’s what my per­sonal opin­ion is.

“As a front line worker, you see the sigh of relief when the QAS turns up.”

For Jeff Wright, his story ended with a lot of hard­ship, but he’s thank­ful for the QAS, hand­ing out medals to the four paramedics that helped save his life.

He is now a para­plegic and as well needed a full fa­cial re­con­struc­tion.

We do come across ac­ci­dents that we’re not ex­pect­ing – we’re the first peo­ple on the scene An­thony Wemm, Moss­man paramedic

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIB­BALLS

Lo­cal paramedic An­thony Wemm says the com­mu­nity trusts their am­bos.

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