Shooting victim set to fly home
ALIVE but still in mortal danger, Rainbow Beach shooting victim Jason Montgomery has opted to take his chances on a flight home from London next week.
His mother, Beach identity Sandy Brosnan, said doctors had initially ruled out any air travel for the critically ill victim of an unprovoked shooting in the troubled South American nation of Guyana.
But she told The Gympie Times yesterday that specialists had met and explained the risks to Jason, who had insisted that he wants to return to Queensland as soon as possible.
His life-saving flight out of Guyana was risky enough, even with intensive medical supervision all the way, after one botched operation in a Guyana public hospital left him with an undetected rupture of the colon, a range of infections and life-threatening blood clots in his lungs and legs.
An attempted repair operation in a private hospital soon afterwards was successful enough, but his prognosis remained far from optimistic, Mrs Brosnan said.
A Florida-based medivac company arranged his life-or-death flight to London, where he was immediately hospitalised early last week.
He has been undergoing intensive physiotherapy and blood thinning treatment ever since. Mrs Brosnan says she expects he will continue to need high level treatment for at least another six months.
“It’s six-and-a-half hours to Dubai. If he survives that they’ll fly him on to Singapore and then home.
“He’s a tough nut,” she said.