Woman gored by bull thanks rescuers
Louisa Welk never thought the bull that her family raised on a bottle, when it was a calf, would almost end her life.
The 28 year old was at her parent’s Laidley property in March 2016, when someone came to buy some of their cows and calves.
Louisa was in the process of separating the animals to be sold from the rest of the herd, when one of the cows broke through her neighbour’s fence.
“I got told to go around the other side of them to chase them back so the rest wouldn't break through the fence. I thought nothing of it and agreed to do so as the bull was usually friendly - he was brought up by us and fed with a bottle,” she remembered.
“The cows ran back but the bull just stood there. I then walked up to the bull to try chasing him back but he pushed me up against the barbed wire fence.”
Louisa thought the bull was just ‘playing rough’ until she stood up again, and he charged at her.
“I said ‘shoo’ more sternly, but that's when he threw me and gored me which caused a big hole in my left groin,” she said.
Louisa doesn’t remember much about what happened next, although she’s been told she let out a loud scream.
Her family came running into the neighbouring paddock to find her on the ground bleeding.
“I got told as I was lying on the ground that the ambulance was on its way,” she said.
“Three ambulances arrived and attended to me and made sure my pain was under control. They also told me I was very lucky as the bull missed the main artery.”
Although Louisa was ‘lucky’ she still needed urgent medical care.
The Brisbane RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called, and landed in a nearby field before flying her to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment.
“On the first night I was in the hospital they took me into surgery to clean out and pack the wound and also to do keyhole surgery in through my stomach to make sure I had no internal bleeding,” Louisa said.
Louisa visited the Brisbane base where she was reunited with two members of the crew who airlifted her to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
“It’s great to see how our patients have recovered and what they’re doing with their lives. Often, because we’re so busy, we don’t hear the outcome,” LifeFlight Pilot Don Fillingame said.
Louisa is forever thankful to the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew who came to her aid that day and said it was important for her to personally come back and say ‘thankyou’.
More than a year after her lucky escape, Louisa’s life has all-but returned to normal.
Her only physical reminder of that day is a 20 centimetre scar on her left groin, however she says she still has emotional scars.
“I try to think as little about that day as possible otherwise I get upset. The first thing I think of when people ask me is going up to the bull and cows that day,” she said.
Louisa said she will be supporting LifeFlight by attending next year’s LifeFlight Gala dinner at the Novotel Twin Waters on March, 23, 2018.
“I think the work that LifeFlight does is very important and they deserve a lot more recognition and funding,” she said.
2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
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