In 2021, Sunshine Coast teenager, Jack* suffered significant burns to 30 percent of his body, in an accident at a school camp, about 2.5 hours North East of Toowoomba. The Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew was urgently called to the campsite. After treating Jack’s injuries, he was airlifted to the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH). The chopper had Jack landing on the QCH helipad thirty minutes after take-off. By road, that journey would have taken four times as long.
During his four weeks in hospital, Jack spent several days in ICU and underwent nine surgeries, followed by extensive rehabilitation.
In a true testament to this teenager’s fighting spirit, he was back at school within three months of the incident and on the soccer pitch within four months. As of today, Jack is spending time with his friends and doing activities he enjoys. As well as being captain of his soccer team.
The family of Jack didn’t underestimate the critical role the LifeFlight Rescue crew played in keeping Jack safe and alive by being among the first responders when the accident happened. Jack’s parents have said,
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*Name and image changed for privacy reasons.