A local man is recovering well in Royal Brisbane Hospital after being airlifted from Glastonbury suffering life-threatening injuries in a grinder accident.
A local man is recovering well in Royal Brisbane Hospital after being airlifted from Glastonbury suffering life-threatening injuries in a grinder accident. Contributed

Wife saves husbands life

A GLASTONBURY man with limb and life-threatening injures from a grinder accident is recovering well in Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Yesterday, a Gympie Ambulance spokesperson said the man’s wife was instrumental in saving his life after the incident, on Tuesday.

The paramedic said if it wasn’t for her knowledge of first aid the man could have easily “bled out” and died.

Gympie Ambulance officers met the man and his wife en-route to the Gympie Hospital.

The spokesperson said the man had a significant laceration, about 20cm long, on his lower left forearm and a compound fracture. There was also the chance he could have lost his arm.

Also yesterday, an RACQ CareFlight spokesperson said the man, 59, was doing “very well” and “recovering well” but there were no plans to release him from hospital at this stage.

On Tuesday the CareFlight team picked up the man from Gympie Hospital, where he had been stabilised and airlifted him to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for specialist treatment.

This was the second accident involving a grinder that RACQ CareFlight had attended this week, the spokesperson said. On Monday a 94-year-old man in Caboolture set himself alight when the grinder he was using caught fire.

Gympie Times


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