WATCH | 9-year-old Rylee tells how she helped save her pop

UPDATE: Thursday March 31

LITTLE Rylee Lavaring may not realise now just how important her part in the emergency situation which took place on Wednesday morning was.

The nine-year-old was visiting her grandparent's farm at New Moonta, west of Gin Gin, for the Easter school holidays when her grandfather fell from a quad bike knocking him unconscious.

She was fast to react to her grandmother's calls for help and dialled triple zero to notify emergency services.

Initial reports to the NewsMail said the youngster witnessed her grandfather, Hugh Lavaring, fall.

"Well, I wasn't actually there. My nanny came back and said he had had an accident," Rylee said.

"So I just ran straight to the phone and started dialling the number."

She than gave her grandmother, Helen Lavaring, the phone.

"Nanny had the phone after I called because I didn't know the address," she said.

LITTLE HERO: Rylee Lavaring sitting in a RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
LITTLE HERO: Rylee Lavaring sitting in a RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail RACQ CareFlight Rescue.

Mrs Lavaring said she was grateful her granddaughter was visiting when the accident happened.

"I'm so please Rylee was there to help me out," she said.

"She was able to help direct them where to go when they arrived as well."

She said Rylee was a very competent nine year old.

"She thinks quicker than me and I am glad her mother had taught her who to ask for in an emergency," Mrs Lavaring said.

Queensland Ambulance Service critical care paramedic Nigel Beyer who was part of the RACQ CareFlight crew who flew to the aid of the man said it was vital for younger people and children to know what who to call in an emergency.

"She did extremely well and instigated a car ambulance from Gin Gin and a rescue helicopter from Bundaberg," he said.

Mrs Lavaring said her husband was likely to leave hospital by the end of the day.

"He has three broken ribs and damage to his lung," she said.

"We were just lucky and he will be coming home soon."

 

UPDATE: Thursday March 31

Watch: 9-year-old Rylee tells how she helped save her poppy. 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 3.10pm - Listen to the interview with critical care paramedic Nigel Beyer after this mornings rescue.

 

 

A FAST thinking 9-year-old helped save the life her grandfather after he fell from his quadbike at a property at New Moonta, west of Gin Gin, knocking him unconscious.   

Queensland Ambulance Service critical care paramedic Nigel Beyer said he was part of the RACQ CareFlight crew who flew to the aid of the man.   

The quick thinking of an 8-year-old Bundaberg girl has led to the successful airlift of her grandfather from his North Burnett property following a quad bike accident. Photo Contributed
The quick thinking of an 8-year-old Bundaberg girl has led to the successful airlift of her grandfather from his North Burnett property following a quad bike accident. Photo Contributed Contributed

"At about 8 o'clock in the morning a crew was tasked to a property, a farm property.. to en elderly gentleman who had fallen off a quad bike while rounding up cattle.  

"It was witnessed by his wife and granddaughter.   

"And while his wife went to the gentlemans' aide and found him to be unconscious at the time she directed the granddaughter to go back to the property and call triple zero."  

Mr Beyer said the girl did this and helped direct emergency services to the scene.   

"She did extremely well and instigated a car ambulance from gin gin and a rescue helicopter from Bundaberg," he said.   

"By the time the ambulance arrived he was fully conscious. And had moderate to significant injuries to his right shoulder blade and ribs and possible pelvic injuries and a head injury as well."   

The paramedic said it is vital for younger people to know what to do in an emergency.   

"In this case it allowed the patients wife to manage the unconscious patient which she did extremely well without having to leave his side," he said.   

"She (the granddaughter) was there for an as equally important job to let the comms operators know exactly where they were and what had happened and degree of his injuries as well.   

"It is pivotal for a child who is able to use a phone to know how to call triple zero and let them know what is going on in a clear way which she did."  

He said there was no mobile communications at the property this morning and the girl who seemed to know the property knew what she was doing.  

 The man was flown to Bundaberg Hospital with suspected spinal injuries. He travelled in a stable condition and was kept in for observation.   

UPDATE: 11.40am - 8-year-old Bundaberg girl saves grandfather

THE quick thinking of an 8-year-old Bundaberg girl has led to the successful airlift of her grandfather from his North Burnett property following a quad bike accident this morning.  

It is believed the girl was visiting her grandparents' property at New Moonta, west of Gin Gin, when she witnessed her 70-year-old grandfather roll his quad bike down an embankment.   

She called  '000' and was able to arrange to get emergency services personnel to the property.  

The Bundaberg-based RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to the property at 7.35am, and met Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene shortly after.  

CareFlight Pilot Neils Bunte said the quick-thinking of the man's granddaughter helped speed his retrieval and transport to hospital.   

"The gentleman was certainly lucky this little lady was visiting for the school holidays," said Neils  

"She has expertly assisted emergency services get to the property and enabled us to get care to her grandfather."

  The man was flown to Bundaberg Hospital with suspected spinal injuries. He travelled in a stable condition.  

The quick thinking of an 8-year-old Bundaberg girl has led to the successful airlift of her grandfather from his North Burnett property following a quad bike accident. Photo Contributed
The quick thinking of an 8-year-old Bundaberg girl has led to the successful airlift of her grandfather from his North Burnett property following a quad bike accident. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

 

EARLIER: PARAMEDICS are treating a 73-year-old man after he rolled his four-wheel-drive motorbike at New Moonta, west of Gin Gin.

A Queensland Ambulance Services spokesman said the man rolled the motorbike in a paddock about 7.20am Wednesday.

He suffered rib, back and hip pain.

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter was tasked and has landed at the property, the man is expected to be transported to Bundaberg Hospital.



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