Lifestyle

Pa-roo-medic takes on unexpected patient

THANK ROO: Paramedic Ben Clifford and his patient.
THANK ROO: Paramedic Ben Clifford and his patient. Contributed

IT STARTED like any other job for paramedic Ben Clifford when he was called to a single-vehicle crash at Buderim yesterday morning, but when he arrived at Stringybark Rd he had to rethink his approach.

The car had collided with a kangaroo about 7am, and while the driver was uninjured, the roo wasn't so lucky.

While an off-duty firefighter and bystanders tried to remove the carcass of the dead kangaroo from under the vehicle's wheel, Mr Clifford saw a tiny face pop out of the dead animal's pouch.

The fact that this was not his usual kind of patient didn't hold Mr Clifford back at all.

"I just thought 'what can I do for this animal?'," he said.

"It's not every day you're faced with it.

"It's instilled in all of us in the industry to help when you can."

He went back to basics.

"We're trained to deal with the unknown and investigate and assess, and find out what is wrong," he said.

"Not all of our patients can talk to us and tell us what's going on."

 

A joey became an unlikely patient for Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics after it's mother was killed in a traffic crash.
A joey became an unlikely patient for Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics after it's mother was killed in a traffic crash. Contributed

A quick assessment revealed bumps and grazes, and the young marsupial was wrapped up and cuddled for warmth and comfort.

It was transported by ambulance to Chancellor Park Veterinary Surgery at Tanawha where the orphaned joey was assessed. Not badly injured, vets said it would be referred to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

It wasn't the first time Mr Clifford had treated a kangaroo in a traffic crash.

About seven years ago he treated a full-sized roo at the scene of a crash before a wildlife ambulance took over.

"It's uplifting to be able to reach out and help anyone in their time of need," he said.

"And to be able to help a wild animal ... it was rewarding to be able to recognise and get that little joey to a place that could look after it."

Topics:  chancellor park vet clinic, crash, editors picks, joey, kangaroo, queensland ambulance service



Music festival to break down the stigma

YOUTH EVENT: Sydney metalcore band Polaris will headline Break Down The Stigma in the city square on October 7.

A FREE, all ages and drugs/alcohol-free music festival

'Hooping' for a better world to live in

HOOPED IN: Tiahna Goldbird, AKA Tiahna Goldbird, will lead the world with her World Hoop Day choreography.

Coffs Coast hula hoop enthusiast leads the world through dance moves

Twin bunch bumper for banana growers

LUCKY BUNCHES: Anthony, Adrian and Dominic Canale show off their fruitful banana tree which produced two bunches at once.

Unusual twin banana bunch brightens farmer's season

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Spring property hard to find

SHORT ON SELLERS: Spring is yet to see the usual influx of vendors keen to sell.

Spring selling season off to a slow start

Coffs region is hot property

The region’s housing market is looking up, with projects on the radar in Tannum Sands and Boyne Island.

Units and houses are both pulling strong returns for Coffs

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record