Rescue mission under way to bring Jacob home
EMERGENCY medical crews are on the ground in Bali as a daring rescue operation begins to bring home 21-year-old Jacob Mabb who is in an induced coma in Bali.
Jacob was injured in a motorbike crash in the early hours of Sunday morning and his parents, Maroochydore couple Steve and Julie Mabb, flew to Bali to be by his side.
They'd been desperately working with their insurance companies and doctors to get clearance for Jacob to fly home for treatment in Brisbane.
A breakthrough was made overnight with insurance confirmed to cover the flights.
A LifeFlight air ambulance jet is in Bali now and the doctors and medical team are preparing for the low altitude mercy dash this afternoon.
Jacob has been having dialysis to try and reduce salt levels in his blood and ease the swelling on his brain. He remains in a critical but stable condition.
"It's an awesome relief," Steve said from the intensive care unit in Bali.
"Apparently there is a plane."
The plane will have to stay close to sea level to ensure Jacob's swelling was minimised and the jet would have to refuel in Darwin before continuing onto Brisbane.
Steve said the plan was for Jacob to be transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital once they touched down in Brisbane and then hopefully, depending on his condition, eventually transferred up to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
"He's stable at this point in time which is good," Steve said.
"It looks like we are (able to fly back with him).
"We've had a bit of good news last night."
Steve said the right equipment was vital to give their son a fighting chance of survival and it was important to bring him home as quickly as possible.
Jacob's rescue flight was expected to land back in Brisbane late tonight.
Fundraising efforts launched back home, where his brother Will and sister Sarah remained, waiting anxiously for his return.
More than $45,000 has been raised in a day to help the family, who were facing the possibility of having to pay for the flight themselves.
The flight was estimated to cost more than $100,000.
"Thanks for everyone that's supported us, it's been mind-blowing," Steve said.