Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Crashes Highlight Need for Service

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Crashes Highlight Need for Service

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Byline: Louise O'Keeffe louise.okeeffe @thechronicle.com.au

RECENT car and motorbike crashes once again highlight the need for a full-time air rescue service in Toowoomba.

RACQ CareFlight said 68 per cent of their rescue missions were in south-west Queensland.

These missions include trips from the Gold Coast. Currently CareFlight only operates from Toowoomba on weekends and school holidays.

One Toowoomba mission was to help save Jeff Still after a motorcycle crash at Cooyar on May 31. He received life-threatening injuries including a crushed wind pipe, kidney failure and broken bones.

To keep Mr Still alive CareFlight doctor Chris Cheeseman was required to perform two emergency procedures at the scene.

"He put an air tube in my neck as I stopped breathing and then drained the blood from my lung," Mr Still said.

"CareFlight and Dr Cheeseman were amazing. Without them I would not be here."

Mr Still said since his accident he saw the need for CareFlight to operate 24/7 out of Toowoomba. …

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