Ad­ven­turer saves the day

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHEN Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal reg­is­tered nurse Gemma-Eve Dubbel­man set out on a twom­onth hol­i­day around Europe, she never imag­ined some­one’s life would de­pend on it. Luck­ily she was in the right place at the right time and what a place to be – Greece.

Ms Dubbel­man was al­ready don­ning her Su­per­woman cape by trav­el­ling over­seas alone with her newly-walk­ing tod­dler Indie-Eve Wise. There were cer­tainly chal­lenges, from pick­pock­ets in Paris to food poi­son­ing in Rome, but be­ing the first to scene of a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash in Athens had topped them all. A ring of peo­ple formed a cir­cle around the Aus­tralian tourist as she sta­bilised a wounded Greek man who had fallen off his mo­tor­bike.

“I was just cross­ing the road. He was ly­ing on the ground. I ran over to see if he was okay and re­as­sured him to keep calm,” Ms Dubbel­man said.

“I did a phys­i­cal as­sess­ment and had to ask on­look­ers to move on.”

A short while af­ter Ms Dubbel­man at­tended to the man, lo­cals called emer­gency ser­vices.

“The man had fallen hard on his back and kept on mov­ing. It was scary, he could po­ten­tially be paral­ysed so I had to try and keep him still,” she said.

“I made sure he did not move as I sus­pected spinal in­jury.”

An am­bu­lance even­tu­ally took the man away and due to lan­guage bar­ri­ers, Ms Dubbel­man was never able to learn his fi­nal out­come.

“Once the am­bu­lance ar­rived, I as­sisted them to put on the C-col­lar and trans­fer him onto a stretcher,” she said.

Over April and May, Ms Dubbel­man made her way from Lon­don to Paris, Barcelona, Italy and Greece. She has now re­turned to work and said while her pas­sion was nurs­ing, the travel bug had bit­ten and she looked for­ward to her next over­seas trip.

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