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Patient visits CareFlight hangar 12 years after serious horse fall

Twelve years ago, Alice Greenup was gravely injured after she fell from her horse in South West Queensland.

Alice was mustering cattle with her husband Rick on a property at Kumbia, south west of Kingaroy, when the horse suddenly reared up and bucked her off.

The horse kicked Alice in the neck and chest with its back legs while she was in the air, slamming her to the ground.

Her head took the brunt of the impact.

“Searing pain engulfed my body. I couldn’t move my head – it felt like it was bolted to the earth,” Alice said.

Rick recalls seeing Alice hit the ground and fearing the worst, but was forced to leave her lying alone while he desperately rode and ran several kilometres for help.

“Our closest major hospital is 250 kilometres to the east,” she said.

A RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was called in to urgently airlift Alice to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

She suffered horrific injuries including bleeding on the brain, a ruptured liver and broken ribs.

Alice also had double vision for months.

Remarkably, Alice not only survived the terrifying horse fall, but published her first book in 2013 – a memoir titled Educating Alice.

The Australian author and beef cattle farmer is set to share her incredible story of survival at the ninth annual CareFlight Gala Ball in Toowoomba on Saturday May 30.

Today Alice visited CareFlight’s Toowoomba hangar for the first time since she was airlifted in January 2003.