WHITSUNDAY resident Lloyd “Buddy” Budd is very appreciative of Queensland Health services after he collapsed on his boat near Whitsunday Island at the end of last month.
The 68-year-old was alone on his cruising catamaran, “Sea Eagle” in Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island on Tuesday 25 May. His wife was absent in Bundaberg visiting grand-children and was, herself in hospital having suffered a gallbladder attack which required surgery.
“At approximately 3.30 pm I collapsed with severe chest pain,” he said.
“I tried to relieve it, but to no avail.
“After phoning Bev (my wife) I dialled 000 and then made my way to a nearby sailing cat.
“The skipper of this boat made me comfortable.”
In the meantime, a boat carrying paramedics from Hamilton Island sped to Dugong Inlet (Cid Harbour) and quickly sprang into action, administering life-saving oxygen, a drip and morphine, while conducting an ECG.
“What a service,” Buddy said.
He was transported to Hamilton Island via a fast speed boat, where he was met by an ambulance and taken to the airport where a Central Queensland Rescue Medivac Helicopter was waiting, having flown from Mackay.
He was immediately flown back to the Mackay Base Hospital Cardiac Ward and stabilized.
As soon as could be arranged (27 May) Buddy was flown by the Flying Doctor Service to the Mater Cardiac Unit in Townsville.
“Here I was given an Angiogram and prepared for Angioplasty or placement of a stent in the blocked artery,” he said.
“I was discharged on June 2 and returned to 'Sea Eagle' which had sat alone for the seven days of my absence.
“What a service,” he repeated.
“Thanks to Hamilton Island Paramedics, Central Queensland Rescue Medivac Helicopter, Mackay Base Hospital Cardiac Unit, Hamilton Island, Mackay and Townsville Ambulance Units and the Mater Cardiac Unit at Townsville.
“What more can I say about Queensland Health services.
“They were fantastic.
“I am now back in Cid Harbour with my wife, convalescing and ready to help our visitors to enjoy this beautiful part of the world.”
Incidently, three days prior to collapsing, Buddy had climbed to the peak of Whitsunday island with absolutely no discomfort.
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