He?s just so brave
By Sophia Browne
MARGIE Ward is astonished at the bravery of her son-in-law Jamie Keenan, who pulled himself out of a haul-out tractor that had severed his leg on Wednesday morning.
"He was determined to pull himself out of the machine," Mrs Ward said.
"He told my daughter he was not going to let it take him.
"He's just so brave."
Mrs Ward said Mr Keenan was in a stable condition in the Royal Brisbane Hospital, however surgeons had been unable to reattach his leg.
"He still has to have more operations and be fitted with a prosthesis," she said.
Mrs Ward's daughter Natasha is by her husband's side at the hospital, just two weeks away from giving birth to their child.
"She's not the best, but she's doing okay," Mrs Ward said.
Mr Keenan was cleaning the bin of a cane haul-out tractor at a property on Atwell Road, Farnsfield, when his boot became stuck in the machinery and his lower leg was severed.
He managed to crawl out of the tractor and call an ambulance, before being found by his employer, contract cane business owner Gary Walk.
Mr Walk helped to perform first aid until paramedics arrived.
Mr Keenan was later airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital by the Energex Community Rescue Helicopter, which made an emergency stop at the Apple Tree Creek service station to get ice for his amputated limb.