RACQ LifeFlight Doctors perform amputation at rural property

It’s believed the man, in his teens, was operating a farming vehicle when a cable, which was being towed, became snagged. He tried to kick the cable loose and his left leg became trapped.

A friend who was also on the property alerted emergency services and the Toowoomba chopper was called to the scene, in the Western Downs region, just after 10:30am.

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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 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 operation was successful and RACQ LifeFlight airlifted the man to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, in a critical condition.