Teen’s leg amputated after horror cable accident

A TEENAGER has had his leg amputated after becoming caught in a cable while working on a farm west of Brisbane.

The young man aged in his late teens was working on a property in the Western Downs region on Thursday morning when a cable he was towing behind a tractor became snagged.

In a statement, a LifeFlight spokesperson said the teen tried to kick the cable loose, but his left leg became trapped.


It’s understood a friend who was working on the property with the teen raised the alarm and called triple zero.

An RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene from Toowoomba just after 10.30am.

A team of paramedics, firefighters and local medical professionals helped treat the teen, who remained trapped, until the LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor arrived.

Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

After several hours, a second LifeFlight doctor was down to the scene to help amputate the young man’s leg.

“After assessing the situation, the two LifeFlight Critical Care Doctors made the decision to perform delicate amputation surgery on the still-trapped patient,” a LifeFlight spokesperson said.

Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

“The in-field operation was successful, thanks to the joint efforts of LifeFlight’s aeromedical teams, QAS paramedics and local physicians.”

Once free from the cable, the teen was airlifted to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue