Teenage amputee reunites with rescuers after Tara farm accident

Teenage amputee reunites with rescuers after Tara farm accident

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QFES Tara's Wade Burgess, QAS' Laurie Annan, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's Eddie Balarezo and Dr Martin Londahl, past patient Ned Desbrow, Ned's grandparents Gail and Barry Parish, his mother Melita Carlyon, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's Russell Bennett, QAS flight paramedic Peter Scullett-Dean and QAS Tara's David Hornsby. Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.

QFES Tara's Wade Burgess, QAS' Laurie Annan, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's Eddie Balarezo and Dr Martin Londahl, past patient Ned Desbrow, Ned's grandparents Gail and Barry Parish, his mother Melita Carlyon, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's Russell Bennett, QAS flight paramedic Peter Scullett-Dean and QAS Tara's David Hornsby. Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.

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A teenager who lost a leg in a farm accident at Tara last year has been reunited with the first responders who saved his life.

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A teenager who lost a leg in a farm accident at Tara last year has been reunited with the first responders who saved his life.

Ned Desbrow, now 19, was operating a skidder in May 2019 when his left leg was caught up by a wire, being towed at the rear.

The Toowoomba said he thought releasing the line would help free him, but it kept pulling his limb into the heavy machinery.

"It kept on pulling and basically got up to my hip, until there was only 100mm left of my femur," he said.

"I called my mother, that wasn't a pleasant call to make at all, I told her I was stuck and I needed help and I needed to get out now."

Two RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crews, Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service firefighters and local medical professionals were urgently called to the paddock.

Mr Desbrow said a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into getting him to the emotional reunion at the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter base on Wednesday.

"It wasn't my time to go out," he said.

"I just didn't want to believe it, so I just kept fighting and fighting.

"I just remember saying to my mother and my brother that I wasn't going to die."

Queensland Ambulance Service flight paramedic, Peter Scullett-Dean, said the severity of the injury caught everyone by surprise.

"From his toe, all the way up to the upper-third of his thigh, was entwined onto the winch drum," he said.

After several hours of trying to free Ned and lengthy consultation, the difficult decision was made to amputate his left leg at the scene to free him from the machinery and save his life.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue critical care doctor, Martin Londahl, said he wasn't sure Ned would make it, but the in-field surgery was his best hope of survival.

"His chances of making it through were very, very slim," Dr Londahl said.

"We said that what we would do, is get everything set up and optimise it, as much as we can, give him the absolute best shot we can and we did.

"We succeeded and it's absolutely amazing."

Emergency services were on the phone to Mr Desbrow's mum, Melita Carlyon, throughout the ordeal.

"They said that, because of the blood loss, there was a high chance he could die," she said.

"He said to me, that day on the phone, he said 'Mum, I'm not going to die,' and he proved it."

"I just want to say thank you to LifeFlight and all these guys."

Mr Desbrow said he remembered being told they were going to have to amputate his leg and then he woke up in a hospital bed the next day.

"I was alive and breathing and that's all I could have asked for," he said.

Eight months on, the teenager is back riding his motorbike and skateboard and has started his own clothing line, Funky G's.

"I've always wanted to be remembered by something and not ever leave the world, without making my mark, and that's exactly what this accident has kind done for me," he said.

"It's inspired me and it's inspired one of my mates to put our heads together to create a brand."

Mr Desbrow said he owes his life to Dr Londahl and the emergency services personnel who came to his aid that fateful day and is grateful for the chance to say thank you.

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