RFDS vi­tal after mo­tor­bike fall

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

IT WAS no one’s fault, just an ac­ci­dent. One mo­ment teenager Braith Ro­hde was work­ing along­side his mother Ali­son on a mo­tor­bike do­ing cat­tle work, the next he was on the ground with a broken nose, dam­aged teeth and a se­verely frac­tured right arm. This in­ci­dent just height­ened the fam­ily’s al­ready strong ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Royal Fly­ing Doctor Ser­vice. “He was taken to Moree, where we elected to go to Bris­bane for treatment as they couldn’t find a pulse in his hand,” Ali­son said. At this point the RFDS swooped into ac­tion to air­lift Braith to where he could get the ur­gent surgery. The ac­ci­dent happened in 2016. He has since fully re­cov­ered and is back play­ing rugby at board­ing school. How­ever, his mother can still feel the stress of that day. “It was ter­ri­ble,” Ali­son said. “And he wasn’t do­ing any­thing silly. “He had rid­den up onto a slight bank, as that’s where he needed to be to shift the cat­tle, and there was a slight washout – he just fell off. “As I was with him I could see his nose and mouth had been dam­aged, that was very ob­vi­ous. “It wasn’t un­til a cou­ple of min­utes later we re­alised he had hurt his arm too.”

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