Man airlifted with spinal injuries after bull attack
A man is recovering in hospital after the RACQ LifeFlight crew airlifted him from the Queensland-Northern Territory border after a rogue bull flung him two metres into the air while he was mustering cattle on a remote property.
The 55-year-old man was knocked unconscious after landing on his head following the bull attack which happened late on Saturday afternoon.
Due to the remote location of the cattle station, the Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter completed a long-range cross-border airlift to a property near Lake Nash in the Northern Territory following the emergency call.
The rescue helicopter flew over 200 km from its Mount Isa base and landed at the remote property.
The injured man had been working on a section of the property when the bull came up behind him and flipped him over a fence, injuring his head and back and causing suspected spinal injuries.
The rescue helicopter's Queensland Ambulance Service Intensive Care Paramedic, Matthew Steer stabilised and administered pain relief to the patient before loading him into the chopper.
"The bull had picked the truck driver up by the back of his shirt and flung him more than two metres into the air,” said Matthew.
“The man landed on his head and was knocked unconscious. He had only just regained some consciousness when we arrived.”
The closest airstrip to the cattle station was more than 25 kilometres away and the ability of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to land at the scene ensured the patient, with time-critical injuries, could be treated quickly.
"The nearest airstrip was a long way away and it would have been a 30-minute drive in a 4WD to get there,” said Matt.
“It was a lot easier for us to land right there at the scene as we didn't want to put him in a ute, bouncing across rough terrain when he had suffered head and suspected spinal injuries.
"It was much better outcome for the patient for us to go straight to the scene, land and treat him straight away.”
The RACQ LifeFlight crew then flew through the darkness for another 200km and returned the patient in a stable condition to the Mount Isa Hospital for further treatment.
The incident was the 35th mission in Queensland this year that LifeFlight crews have attended, where a patient has been injured by an animal - involving mostly cattle or horses but also including snake bites and marine stings.
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