How this teenager lost his leg in every day situation

ATTEMPTING to kick a cable loose has cost a Western Downs teenager his leg in a horror farming accident.

The young man was left fighting for his life after he was airlifted from a rural property on Tullagrie Rd in Tara to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Doctors and paramedics were forced to make the decision to amputate his leg on the scene.

A Dalby police spokesman told the Herald the teen had been operating farming machinery when a cable, which was being towed, became snagged.

RACQ LifeFlight reported the teen had tried to kick the cable loose and his left leg got trapped.

A friend, working on the property, called emergency services sometime before 10.30am.

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services firefighters and local medical professionals were at the scene when the LifeFlight crew was called in at 10.30am.

RACQ LifeFlight and Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene of the incident on the Western Downs.
RACQ LifeFlight and Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene of the incident on the Western Downs. RACQ LifeFlight

The teen had been stuck for several hours when a second LifeFlight helicopter was tasked to the scene, the service reported.

"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 service said in a statement.

"The in-field operation was successful, thanks to the joint efforts of LifeFlight's aeromedical teams, QAS paramedics and local physicians."



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