8-HOUR FLIGHT TO SAVE MAN

Crushed Mungindi man ‘lucky to be alive’

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A MAN in his 50s is lucky to be alive af­ter emer­gency ser­vices scram­bled on a near-900km round trip from the state’s south west to Bris­bane’s Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal last Wednes­day.

The RACQ LifeF­light crew was called to the Mungindi in­ci­dent about noon af­ter the man was crushed by ma­chin­ery when an ex­ca­va­tor bucket fell on his head.

“It’s about as far as we go,” LifeF­light pi­lot Rus­sell Ben­nett said the day af­ter the 11-hour shift.

“It is prob­a­bly one of the long­est flights I have ever done.

“If we had any de­lays we would have been catch­ing a cab back from Bris­bane.

“Our plan is to sta­bilise the pa­tient prior to trans­port so there is min­i­mal in­ter­ven­tion.

“In this case it was re­ally mon­i­tor­ing the pa­tient and keep­ing him sta­bilised.”

The man ar­rived in Bris­bane in a stable con­di­tion af­ter an eight-hour trip, that re­quired a re­fuel in Toowoomba, suf­fer­ing a bro­ken leg and head and neck in­juries.

Dr Martin Lon­dahl said a num­ber of ob­sta­cles faced the team, in­clud­ing hav­ing enough med­i­ca­tion to last the jour­ney.

“This man is amaz­ingly lucky be­cause he was fairly stable when we came,” he said.

“We ba­si­cally made sure he didn’t suf­fer any more in­juries as we sta­bilised him.

“He is very lucky be­cause he could have been dead by the time we came.

“Go­ing by road would have taken ages, we’d prob­a­bly only be ar­riv­ing right now,” he said on Thurs­day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG JOUR­NEY: The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeF­light crew at­tends the scene of an in­ci­dent in Mungindi where a man in his 50s was in­jured on Wednes­day. IN­SERT: Dr Martin Lon­dahl of the LifeF­light crew.

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