LifeFlight Doctors perform amputation at rural property

The Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper was called to the scene, in the Western Downs region, just after 10:30am.

It’s believed the patient had been operating a farming vehicle when a cable, which was being towed, became snagged.

He reportedly tried to kick the cable loose and his left leg became trapped.

A friend who was also on the property alerted emergency services.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) firefighters and local medical professionals were all on the scene, when the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical team arrived.

The teenager’s leg had been stuck for several hours, when the second Toowoomba LifeFlight Rescue helicopter, was called in.

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.

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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