Skull surgery needed
Teenager critical but stable condition after bike accident
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
ROAD MISHAP: An ambulance on the scene of a bicycle incident in Manooka Drive, Cannonvale, on Tuesday morning.