Community heroes deserve our thanks
BALI bombing survivor Peter Hughes knows all too well the difference heroes can make in a life-ordeath situation.
The 2014 ambassador for the St John Ambulance WA Community Hero Awards is now calling for people to nominate their own heroes.
Mr Hughes sustained third-degree burns to 54 per cent of his body after two bomb attacks in Kuta’s popular nightclub strip 12 years ago.
He was one of 240 people injured that day, with 202 dying.
Mr Hughes spent two days in Indonesia, exposed to a raft of bacteria, before arriving in Australia for specialist burns treatment.
“I had eight series of operations, mostly due to infection,” he said. He landed in Darwin, was transported to Adelaide for treatment, then transferred to Royal Perth Hospital’s burns unit.
Mr Hughes technically died three times and spent more than two weeks in an in- duced coma because of his injuries.
He said the community’s life-saving heroes should be recognised.
“As the survivor of a really bad trauma, I think it is really important to tell these people ‘thanks for helping us because if it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be alive’,” Mr Hughes said.
He describes life as “normal” now, enjoyed with his son Leigh, who has been his constant support and given him the will to live.
Mr Hughes owns building company Air Roofing, is a motivational speaker and runs the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation to support the needs of burns survivors and their families.
Sunday marked the 12th anniversary of the Bali bombings.
Peter Hughes with paramedic Josh Lyons at the launch of the St John Ambulance WA Community Hero Awards.