Watch: Man takes axe blow to the head in mock medieval battle

UPDATE at 11:45 AM SUNDAY | A MAN hit in the head with an axe during a mock medieval battle at a fair in Sydney has escaped serious injury.

Mitch Toohey, 21, travelled from Ballarat to participate in a battle re-enactment at the Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair at Hawkesbury Showground when he was injured shortly after 10.30am on Saturday.

A statement released by CareFlight at the time said the young man sustained head lacerations after the medieval sword penetrated his helmet.


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“An axe penetrated the man’s helmet (with) the heavy impact causing lacerations to the head,” the CareFlight statement read.

Source: CareFlight

Contrary to this, however, Mr Toohey’s helmet was not split open, according to the Ballarat Medieval Combat Club.

The club has released video footage of the incident. See it below.

“We as a club want to clarify what happened to Mitch today at Winterfest Medieval Faire,” the club said in a statement on its Facebook page.

“There has been dozens of news reports sharing dangerous and sensationalised misinformation.

The footage below shows what really happened, recorded by our team today.

“No helmet penetration, no continual hitting and definitely no jousting. A head hit and concussion.”

Source: CareFlight

CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene and landed at the showgrounds about 11am where its critical care team helped local paramedics treat the man.

“Our specialist doctor and critical care paramedic provided further treatment and assessment before taking the patient aboard the helicopter,” CareFlight said.

Photos from the scene, supplied by both CareFlight and NSW Ambulance, show Mr Toohey being wheeled to the rescue helicopter on a stretcher with a bandage wrapped around his head.

Source: NSW Ambulance

The 21-year-old was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

“Mitch is now stable and recovering,” a spokesperson from the Ballarat Medieval Combat Club said.

“Thank you to the fantastic medical personnel who acted promptly to assist Mitch.”

We as a club want to clarify what happened to Mitch today at Winterfest Medieval Faire. There has been dozens of news reports sharing dangerous and sensationalised misinformation. The footage below shows what really happened, recorded by our team today . No helmet penetration, no continual hitting and definitely no jousting. A head hit and concussion. Mitch is now stable and recovering. Thank you to the fantastic medical personnel who acted promptly to assist Mitch

Posted by Ballarat Medieval Combat on Saturday, 6 July 2019

FIRST at 3:50 PM SATURDAY | A YOUNG man has been airlifted to hospital, lucky to be alive after being hit in the head with an axe during a mock medieval battle at a fair in Sydney.

The 21-year-old man from Victoria was participating in a battle re-enactment at the Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair at Hawkesbury Showground when he was injured about 11am on Saturday.

It’s understood the man was struck in the head with a medieval-type axe which had penetrated his helmet, according to a CareFlight spokesperson.

CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene where its Critical Care team helped treated the man before airlifting him to Westmead Hospital.

Incredibly, the man was flown in a stable condition.

Source: CareFlight

Source: CareFlight

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