The Road Ahead : April 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB APR/MAY 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD 13 truck smashed into pieces and there were skid marks that criss-crossed for almost 100m down the road. "The patient had been lying on the hot road for almost two hours before we reached him. He had suspected spinal injuries and internal injuries. Our paramedic had to work quickly and carefully before we could move him." The truck driver was taken to the town of Gregory where the Royal Flying Doctors' Service fixed wing plane awaited to transport him to Mount Isa base hospital. "I often catch myself thinking about that crash and fear what would have happened if we didn't arrive that day," Mr Dorr said. "But then I remind myself that's why we do what we do, to be there when no- one else can." The 52-year adventurer was on a group journey to the Gulf of Carpentaria in September last year. Travelling along a remote dirt road, outside of Clermont in Central Queensland, a kangaroo jumped across the road, forcing him to swerve. n activated by ons sent word to the authorities th was in desperate need of help. The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was dispatched from Mackay. "I knew I was in good hands when they touched down," Mr Feltrin recalled. Truck driver Gino Feltrin wakes up every morning, thankful for the day he had a horrific torcycle crash, because it not only her Australian as well. RACQ CQ RESCUE "It wasn't until we got to hospital that I realised I had two broken ribs, five cracked ribs, three fractured discs in my spine, and a partially collapsed lung. "But they also found a strange shadow on my kidneys. Further scans revealed I had stage four kidney cancer. I'd had no idea before then that I was sly ill." urning to New South Wales, s offered him a rare treatment unity that would not only cure ncer, but also save the life of er person. They would remove ney, cut out the cancer, and then lant the partial kidney to another t waiting for an organ donation. doctors told me you only need cent of one kidney to stay alive. s said 'yep, sign me up'," Mr said. "About three weeks ago, I tter from the transplant team person who received my kidney off dialysis, out of hospital and living a relatively normal life. "It's a story I tell with pride. I tell a lot of people how important the helicopter service is. I'm more than grateful for the service that they provide. I wouldn't be here without them." On February, 12, 2013, Gino was given the all clear by his oncology specialists -- he is officially cancer-free.