Tumbulgum youth severely burnt
Mikey Rossall, 19, remains in an induced coma in the Royal Brisbane Hospital after he fell into a small cane fire at Cudgen on Saturday night.
It is believed Mr Rossall attempted to jump the metre-wide flames and hit a retaining wall on the other side, causing him to fall onto the coals.
Mr Rossall’s friends stayed with him for 30 minutes while the ambulance arrived, girlfriend Kyndall Aistrope said.
“All our friends put him in the shower and he was so calm,” she said. “He went into shock just before the ambulance got there.”
Mr Rossall was taken to The Tweed Hospital before being placed in a coma and transported to Brisbane.
“He’s still in critical condition,” Miss Aistrope, 19, said.
“He got a skin graft yesterday on his arms and legs; the operation took six hours.
“He didn’t need a graft on his face because it was only second-degree burns.”
Miss Aistrope said when she visited the hospital yesterday Mr Rossall was looking a lot better.
“I walked in and tears started coming because I was just so happy. Some of the swelling on his throat has gone down and a lot of the colouring on his face is gone.”
Doctors are hoping to wake Mr Rossall today, but he faces a long journey ahead in the burn unit.
“He’s the biggest character; he’s constantly talking,” Miss Aistrope said. “When he wakes up every nurse in the hospital will know him.”