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Fifth horse-related injury in just 13 days gets an airlift

THE RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted a fifth patient injured in a horse accident in 13 days.

The man in his seventies fell from the horse west of Mundubbera, sustaining possible head and chest injuries.

The Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue crew was tasked to the property shortly before 11am this morning.

The patient was treated by the QAS and the CareFlight Intensive Care Doctor on site, before being flown to the Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition.

It's the fifth person injured in a horse related accident RACQ CareFlight Rescue has treated and transferred in less than two weeks.

"Horse injuries can be very serious," CareFlight Clinical Director Doctor Tim Harraway said.

"The potential speed, height and weight of the animal can cause serious spinal and head injuries.

"We urge people to wear helmets when riding."

On Saturday a woman in her sixties was airlifted from Teelah, south east of Nanango with head, abdominal and pelvic injuries after she was struck in the head by a horse which subsequently fell on her.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue airlifted a woman in her forties last Thursday from Miles to the Toowoomba Base Hospital also with spinal injuries, and a fractured collarbone, after she fell from a horse the day before.

While in the first week of May the team airlifted a Pomona woman in her fifties after she was kicked in the head.



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