Skull surgery needed

Teenager crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter bike ac­ci­dent

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Monique Pre­ston monique.pre­ston @whit­sun­day­times.com.au

A CANNONVALE teenager who came off his bi­cy­cle on Tues­day morn­ing has had surgery on his skull in Townsville Hos­pi­tal.

Dustin Fancke, 15, re­ceived head in­juries when he fell off his bike in Manooka Drive, Cannonvale, shortly be­fore 8am.

It was a sin­gle-bi­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

He was taken to Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance, where he met the RACQ CQ Res­cue he­li­copter which took him to Townsville Hos­pi­tal.

Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Dustin re­mained in a crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to a hos­pi­tal spokesper­son.

Dustin’s mother Neri­dah Rich told the Whit­sun­day Times her son was op­er­ated on, with doc­tors re­mov­ing part of his skull and a sur­face blood clot lo­cated be­tween his skull and brain.

“The surgery was very quick. It didn’t take long,” she said.

Miss Rich said on Tues­day she had spo­ken to the doc­tor who said the surgery went well.

“(It is) touch and go for next 72 hours,” she said.

(It is) touch and go for next 72 hours. — Neri­dah Rich, mother

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

ROAD MISHAP: An am­bu­lance on the scene of a bi­cy­cle in­ci­dent in Manooka Drive, Cannonvale, on Tues­day morn­ing.

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