Woman narrowly avoids death
DEATH came dangerously close to Annette Cochrane earlier this year.
A sudden collapse on the tennis court in the middle of a match with partner, Montville Veterinary Clinic owner and veterinarian Ernie Young, could have been the end of her.
If not for the quick work of paramedics, the tireless efforts of doctors and nurses and the help she received in rehabilitation, Ms Cochrane may never have made it through her terrifying and life-threatening ordeal.
She returned home this week, and her partner Mr Young has extended his thanks to everyone who cared for her in that time.
Ms Cochrane and Mr Young were in the middle of a tennis competition in Gympie when she collapsed suddenly due to a massive bleed of the carotid artery.
"Within about 30 seconds I was on the phone to the ambulance," Mr Young said.
"If they hadn't arrived when they did, she would have been dead in two minutes I was told.
"If it had been anywhere else she would have died."
After her collapse, Ms Cochrane was taken to Gympie hospital before being airlifted to the Royal Brisbane for emergency surgery.
She spent 16 days in the intensive care unit.
Eventually, she was transferred to the Eden Rehabilitation Centre in Cooroy.
She finally made her return home last week.
Mr Young took his hat off to everyone who helped out.
"The staff at the hospitals couldn't have been any better," he said.
"They've been excellent all the way through. The hours put in by some people were enormous.
"I couldn't do the 12-hour shifts in the vet clinic that they do in ICU."
Ms Cochrane returned home last week to a support network of new friends the couple have made since moving to the hinterland a year ago.
"We haven't been here that long but we've met so many nice people," Mr Young said.
"It's such a good community and the support network has been so great."
Ms Cochrane is still recovering but hopes to return to work running the Montville Veterinary Clinic.
If they hadn't arrived when they did, she would have been dead in two minutes I was told."