Dirt bike crash victim reunites with lifesaving rescue crew
Tiffany Thomson, who was critically injured in a dirt bike crash just five weeks ago, has shared an emotional reunion with the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew who saved her life.
"I owe them everything," the young mother of four said.
"I don't have enough to give them to say thank you.
"If it wasn't for them, it could have been a very different result."
Tiffany had been on a leisurely Sunday dirt bike ride, when she crashed head-on with another rider, in a remote area of forest in Ringwood, north of Gatton.
"I just remember waking up at the PA Hospital three days later and being told that I was in an accident," she said.
"I've been told we were riding up in the forestry, I was leading and we were going about 80km/h and another group of four riders has come around the corner and we've had a head on."
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crew was on its way to another mission on the 3rd of March, when it was urgently diverted to the scene, LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor, Cameron Bell, said.
"She was in fairly dense bush land and we managed to locate her and had to set up for a winch, because that was the only way down to her.
"When we saw her, she had a very nasty injury to her right knee and both of her arms were broken.
"She had a head injury, as well and she'd popped one of her lungs," Dr Bell said.
Tiffany was airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital, where she spent some time in the Intensive Care Unit.
Dr Bell said it's hard to say what might have happened to Tiffany, had it not been for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.
After returning home from hospital, Tiffany contacted RACQ LifeFlight Rescue to say thank you and share several coincidences about her situation.
She is a neighbour and friend of the family of Maddox Porter, the young boy whose hand was partially amputated when it was run over by a ride-on mower in April last year.
When the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew was called to the scene where Maddox was injured, the chopper landed on Tiffany's property.
"You always sit back and think, 'Oh, it'll be fine, it won't happen to me' then BAM! You wake up and it's happened," she said.
Tiffany already knew how important RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is to the community, and this unfortunate series of events has just cemented her commitment to raising money for the vital service.
"The state that I was in, I'm lucky to be here, so I'm just thankful."
2018 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,724 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
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