STING PROVES LIFE-THREAT­EN­ING

South Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Matt Collins Matt.Collins @south­bur­nett­times.com.au

A COVERTY man has com­mended our hard work­ing emer­gency ser­vices af­ter they saved his life on New Year’s Eve.

At 3pm that day, Wayne Char­ity had just fin­ished the mow­ing when he went to the let­ter­box to check for mail.

Mr Char­ity got the shock of his life when he re­alised there was a mas­sive wasp nest un­der the let­ter­box.

“I didn’t know I was al­ler­gic, I had a se­vere ana­phy­lac­tic re­ac­tion,” he said.

By the time Mr he got back to the house, he col­lapsed and stopped breath­ing.

His wife sprang straight into ac­tion, call­ing triple zero, then start­ing CPR.

“We both did the CPR course 20 years ago but the 000 guy talked her though it,” Mr Char­ity said.

The cou­ple waited 40 anx­ious min­utes for paramedics to ar­rive.

In that time, the LifeF­light chop­per flew up from the Sun­shine Coast and landed in the cou­ple’s front paddock.

Mr Char­ity was then flown to Kin­garoy Hos­pi­tal.

Since be­ing re­leased from hos­pi­tal, he is ex­tremely grate­ful to still be around to tell the tale and recog­nise those who helped him.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all those won­der­ful am­bos and

❝ We are so lucky to have a won­der­ful ser­vice in a small coun­try town. — Wayne Char­ity

paramedics who looked af­ter me, in­clud­ing my dar­ling wife,” he said.

“And all the team at the Kin­garoy Hos­pi­tal.

“We are so lucky to have a won­der­ful ser­vice in a small coun­try town.”

Mr Char­ity joked he was now for­ever in his wife’s debt and would be wash­ing up ev­ery night for the rest of his life.

“She has got one over me for life I reckon,” he said.

PHOTO: MATT COLLINS

GRATE­FUL: Wayne Char­ity and his wife, He­len with the EpiPen he now car­ries with him wher­ever he goes.

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