CareFlight airlifts snakebite victim

A Toowoomba man in his twenties has been airlifted to hospital by the Roma-based SGAS helicopter after he was bitten on the right index finger by a 2-3 metre brown snake.

It is believed the man was chopping wood north of Roma at around 10am yesterday when he was bitten on the right index finger by the snake.

He presented at the Injune Health Service with vomiting and chest pain during the early afternoon, and the CareFlight helicopter was called soon after.

The Roma-based Surat Gas Aero-Medical Service (SGAS) was activated just before four yesterday afternoon.

The patient was transported via road to the Injune Airport, where he was placed in the care of the CareFlight medical team.
The patient was flown to Toowoomba Airport, and subsequently transported via road, to Toowoomba Hospital.
He travelled in a stable condition.

Last month the CareFlight helicopter rescue service airlifted six patients from across southern Queensland with suspected snake bites in just three weeks.