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Young boy airlifted after suspected snake bite

The Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted a five-year-old boy overnight after he suffered a suspected snake bite to his foot in the backyard of his property.

The boy was taken to Cloncurry Hospital by Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics with puncture wounds but displayed no other symptoms of envenomation. 

The Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked at 10.35pm to airlift the boy to Mount Isa Hospital for further assessment. He was airlifted in a stable condition and was accompanied by his mother.

LifeFlight's Air Ambulance jet, sponsored by RACQ, was also in Mount Isa last night, airlifting a man who had been trampled by a bull from Mount Isa Hospital to Brisbane.

Last night's missions follow the announcement of the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.4 million allocation in its 2017/18 State Budget to keep the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter in Mount Isa flying to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the north-west.

49 missions have been flown by the Mount Isa RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter since the service was taken over on July 1, 2015.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support.

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