Schoolie breaks pelvis in fall

ONE FRASER Coast student’s Schoolies Week fun came to a crashing halt last week when she fell off a wall at Airlie Beach, breaking her pelvis in three places.

Maryborough State High School student Emma Wendland had been looking forward to going to Schoolies all year but, as her mum Susan said, it didn’t quite turn out as she had planned.

Ms Wendland got a phone call at 1.30am telling her of her daughter’s accident. Emma, who is currently in Hervey Bay Hospital, had been away for only two days.

“It was a shock.

“There’s nothing like a phone call at 1.30am in the morning.

“She had really been looking forward to it – but everything’s on hold now.”

Ms Wendland said it was not completely clear how the accident had happened but it was believed a friend had walked over to give Emma a hug while she was sitting on the wall and she lost her balance, falling three metres.

“Everything is terraced in Airlie,” Ms Wendland said, explaining why Emma fell so far.

Emma’s injuries will take a few weeks to heal but the accident could have been much worse.

“She could have injured her neck or her back.”

Emma will know during the coming days if she has to have surgery but Ms Wendland said it seemed unlikely.



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