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Pregnant nurse saves trapped man

Sarah Grant and Sherylea Jones return to the site where a man was trapped in mud.


Below: The rescuers are reunited with Alan Elsworth; Sarah Grant, baby Hamish Grant, Sean Grant, Michael Gray, David Gray, Sherylea Jones, Mr Elsworth and Brandon Wallace.
Sarah Grant and Sherylea Jones return to the site where a man was trapped in mud. Below: The rescuers are reunited with Alan Elsworth; Sarah Grant, baby Hamish Grant, Sean Grant, Michael Gray, David Gray, Sherylea Jones, Mr Elsworth and Brandon Wallace. Contributed

AN eight-months pregnant woman slid down an embankment at Mount Walsh to save the life of a man who had been trapped in mud for three days.

Alan Elsworth, 67, was severely sunburned and dehydrated when he was discovered by off-duty emergency department nurse Sherylea Jones and her paramedic partner Mick Gray, as they were four-wheel driving on Sunday afternoon.

“We were going to go driving somewhere else, so it was just fate,” Ms Jones said.

“If he'd been there another day, he would have died.”

Ms Jones said she and her partner Mick Gray were driving down a muddy track when they came across a bogged Holden Commodore.

“I jumped out to see if everything was alright, and saw a body down by the front wheel, buried in the mud,” she said.

“I slithered down the bank and started yelling I thought he was dead, but he called out ‘help me'.”

As she and Mr Gray worked to free the Mr Elsworth, he told them he had lost control on the slippery road when it started raining about Friday lunch-time, and his car careened into a ditch.

Mr Elsworth told his rescuers he had been trapped for three days, unable to move due to partial paralysis as a result of a previous stroke, and a suspected broken leg.

“The only water he had was rain that was dripping down the bonnet of his car onto his face,” she said.

After failing to get reception on their mobile telephones or CB radio to call 000, the couple wrapped the injured man up in a sleeping bag and strapped his legs together to prevent further damage before driving him to the Biggenden Hospital.

After treatment at Biggenden Hospital for dehydration and sunburn, Mr Elsworth was transferred to Bundaberg Hospital yesterday afternoon, so the extent of his leg injuries could be determined.


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