Old soldier breaks leg, goes home
A 66-YEAR-OLD Vietnam veteran has been criticised for failing to seek medical attention after reportedly rolling a vehicle on his property at Clermont.
The old soldier simply dusted himself down and went to bed despite suffering a suspected fractured pelvis, broken leg, abdominal injuries and severe abrasions to the front of his body.
After a night at home he took himself to Clermont Hospital at about 10.45am on Boxing Day in extreme pain.
Medical staff realised immediately that he was in desperate need of expert attention and summoned a rescue helicopter to take him to Mackay.
Yesterday a spokesman for the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service said the man's "she'll be right" attitude could have cost him dearly.
"He was in a very bad way and had no medication for horrific injuries for 24 hours," the spokesman said.
"After rolling a vehicle on his property he's gone home and gone to bed because he didn't want to be a bother to anyone or go to hospital.
"It was important that he got medical help right away and not doing so was a bad decision on his part."
He was described as "cranky and aggressive" and didn't want to elaborate on how he came to be so badly hurt.
It was unclear how he was able to get himself to the small Clermont Hospital in such a serious condition.
Mackay Base Hospital yesterday confirmed that the man was stable after emergency treatment for a number of fractures.