Gladstone cattleman Ken Anderson is recovering in Rockhampton Hospital after a freak farming accident partially severed his left foot on Tuesday.
Gladstone cattleman Ken Anderson is recovering in Rockhampton Hospital after a freak farming accident partially severed his left foot on Tuesday. Chris Ison

Doctors save partially severed foot

ANOTHER four centimetres and Ken Anderson could have been rushed to hospital holding his foot in his hands.

And hospital was the last place this 50-year-old wanted to end up in again after spending six months and eight days fighting for his life in hospital after a helicopter crash in 2006.

On Tuesday, Mr Anderson's left foot was partially severed in a freak farm accident.

Yesterday from Rockhampton Hospital Mr Anderson was thinking positively and happily wriggling his toes within a large plaster cast.

Mr Anderson was with his brother working on his beef cattle property, Santa Glen at Nagoorin, about 70km south of Gladstone, when a sheet of steel sliced through his ankle, cutting through the bone and tendons.

“We had just reversed the truck into the shed to load some hay,” he said.

“I was standing beside the truck when it ran over a piece of steel. It shot the steel forward and I couldn't get out of the way quick enough. I felt myself falling.”

Mr Anderson, who lives in Gladstone, said he still had limited movement as he was slowly recovering from previous injuries from the helicopter crash.

He said his foot was hanging on only by a few nerves and skin.

“Anything further and I would have picked it up separately,” he said.

“I was awake the whole time. It wasn't a great deal of pain just discomfort. It was just like cutting off a big toe.”

The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service flew Mr Anderson to Rockhampton at midday on Tuesday, but he might soon have to transfer to Brisbane for more surgery.

In the 2006 helicopter crash in New South Wales, Mr Anderson suffered a broken left heel, dislodged spinal cord and broken left cheekbone.

“I went for a trip overnight and got home six months and eight days later,” he said.

“I was in hospital the whole time. I've learnt to deal with frustration and boredom really well. There is no use being sad and morbid.”

Mr Anderson said he was worried about his wife, who had already dealt with enough from the helicopter accident.

But he said he had faith in all the doctors and nurses to do the very best for him.

“I'm a bit disappointed, but I can't lay around feeling sorry for myself. If I had listened to the doctors and nurses last time I'd still be in hospital. It was determination and willpower that got me out,” he said.

And Mr Anderson said it would take more than a partially amputated foot to stop him from going back to work on the farm.



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