Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Hope for Road Crash Victims

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Hope for Road Crash Victims

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I CERTAINLY haven't seen or investigated as many as some of my colleagues have, but every road crash or incident police attend is one too many.

Over the years, my passion towards road safety has grown both professionally and personally.

December 12 this year will mark the 30 year anniversary since I was involved in a car crash.

I was a child, who apparently ran onto the road and was hit by a car. I don't remember running, being hit or what exactly happened.

I was walking home from school and I was at a T-intersection which was a common crash zone area. What I do remember is a truck being positioned on the corner and the driver waving to me, so I probably interpreted that to mean hurry across the road, which may be how I ended up running.

A female driver had just left her friend's home before I was hit. The driver didn't realize she had hit me until she heard a thump.

I was flung up in the air and landed on the boot of the car and then bounced off the car and landed on the ground.

Apparently I tried to get up and looked around in a daze and then fell back on to the ground.

Schoolfriends and a family member witnessed what happened and a friend went to tell my mum.

My mum comforted the female driver who naturally was in a state of shock.

I've been told an off duty police officer called for the ambulance. I don't know their name and have never met him or her.

I was transported to Dandenong Hospital and then transferred to the Royal Children's Hospital. I was in a coma for approximately four days and had swelling on the brain.

I was found to have a basal skull fracture and CT scans showed a left frontal haemorrhage and left temporal haemorrhage.

I don't remember coming out of a coma, but I do remember when I was alert I was trying to speak and could not get a word out.

Thinking back to how frustrating this was, I feel I can empathise and somewhat understand how stroke patients feel.

The doctors and nurses were unable to give my parents any idea on what my prognosis or recovery would be. It was time to take each day one at a time.

I was able to be released for Christmas and enjoyed being back at home.

When it was time to return to hospital, medical staff were able to see the improvements I had made at home.

I guess I was fortunate my dad had good negotiating skills and I was able to be fully discharged from hospital, but had to return for appointments with the speech pathologist.

Initially it was believed I would need to start my schooling from Prep, although I was able to resume schooling like my friends and went into Grade 6, not knowing anything different.

School life did not present any issues and in 1988 I moved to Queensland and finished my schooling and went on to tertiary studies.

I had considered joining the Queensland Police Service for a while and in 1999 I submitted my application. …

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