Young Man Has Leg Amputated after Horror Farming Accident

accident happened in a Tara property

Hit News Darling Downs

9 May 2019

Hit News Darling Downs

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A young man has had his leg amputated by two of LifeFlight Critical Care Doctors after a horror farming accident in the Western Downs region yesterday about 10.30am.

It’s believed the accident happened when the man had been operating a farming vehicle, a cable being towed became snagged, the LifeFlight rescue team say they think he tried to kick the cable loose, and his left leg has become trapped.  Two LifeFlight Critical Care doctors has to amputate his leg.

A friend on the property alerted emergency services.  The teenager's leg had been stuck for several hours, when the second Toowoomba LifeFlight Rescue helicopter, was called in to successfully complete the operation.

After assessing the situation and the patient's medical condition, the two LifeFlight Critical Care Doctors made the decision to perform delicate amputation surgery on the still-trapped patient.

The in-field operation was successful, thanks to the joint efforts of LifeFlight's aeromedical teams, QAS paramedics and local physicians.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted the patient to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, in a critical condition.

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