Sorry love, I left your leg in Yeppoon: A wife's confession
WE'VE all been guilty of leaving our wallet or phone on the roof of the car before driving off, unaware.
But have you ever left your leg?
Jim and Jeanette Halstead were on their way north from Agnes Waters to visit their son and his family in the Whitsundays when they stopped at Yeppoon overnight in their motorhome.
After setting off to sight-see at Rosslyn Bay in the morning, Jeanette realised something was afoot- she had forgotten to bring Jim's spare prosthetic leg in off the vehicle's external clothes line before they drove off.
So daughter-in-law Sandy Halstead joined every online community group between Yeppoon and Rockhampton, hoping to find a local who could give the couple a hand with their leg.
"It was only 10 minutes later that a lady (Kristy Barber) from Yeppoon Families group sent me a picture of her uncle with the local police and the 'leg',” Sandy said yesterday.
Yeppoon policewoman Constable Natasha Marshall was the lucky officer who posed with the limb, after eagle-eyed (and likely concerned) Yeppoon motorist Mick O'Brien spotted it on the side of the road and took it to the station.
But there was still a long journey ahead before Jim had his leg back.
Mackay woman Helen Dee of Charles Porters & Sons Mackay, had a close working relationship with Sandy and organised for her daughter Sally Dee, a high school teacher in Yeppoon, to give the leg a ride north after retrieving it from the police.
After changing hands from Sally to Helen, the leg was then placed on a Porter's truck to Cannonvale, but it wasn't entirely recognisable at first.
"We dressed it up,” Helen said, laughing.
"It had a shirt, balloon head....hat.
"The other teachers saw the leg in Sally's car, it was all pretty funny. It all ended well.”
Jim and Jeanette were on the last leg of their journey home yesterday, all in one piece thanks to a combined effort from the Yeppoon and Mackay communities.