Many mishaps

By Emma Crawford

A man lost two litres of blood in an accident while working with a ride-on mower at the Grafton Gun Club range on Friday afternoon.

His was among a series of accidents to keep Grafton ambulance officers busy in recent days.

The 63-year-old man, from Grafton, is lucky to be alive.

Ambulance officers said the man, believed to be partially deaf, had been mowing. They said the man got off the mower and was working in front of the machine. The mower engaged into gear, ran into the man and pushed him forward, pinning him to a fence.

The man received a 30cm wound to his right buttock. He suffered lacerations to his left calf muscle and a big toe.

Officers had to intravenously inject fluids into the man before they could read his blood pressure.

He was taken to the high dependency unit of Grafton Base Hospital. He was in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.

At the Grafton District Services Bowls Club on Saturday afternoon, quick thinking by members kept a 92-year-old man's brain supplied with oxygen after he collapsed from a heart attack on the green.

Members gave the Grafton man CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until ambulance officers arrived. Officers said one shock from the defibrillator brought the man's pulse back and he was taken to the high dependency unit at Grafton Base Hospital. He was in a serious condition yesterday afternoon.

Also on Saturday, a 45-year-old Junction Hill man broke his left leg while stacking timber at 12.30pm. Officers said the man had fallen while stacking the timber.

The man was taken to Grafton Base Hospital and later transferred to a Lismore hospital for further treatment.

At 11.30pm on Saturday in Fitzroy Street, Grafton, a 16-year-old boy received lacerations to his face after he fell off his bicycle.

Ambulance officers said that according to the youth, the front wheel of his bike had dislodged itself from the fork, causing him to go over the handlebars.

He suffered injuries to his lips and nose.



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