A man has lost his lower leg after a horrific accident involving an industrial lawnmower on a property outside of Sydney.
The 56-year-old was in a ‘highly distressed’ state, after amputating his lower leg in an incident with an industrial size lawnmower being towed by a tractor in Wilberforce, in Sydney’s far north-west, just before 4.30pm on Monday.
NSW Ambulance urgently called CareFlight’s Rapid Response Helicopter, who arrived at the scene just after 4.45pm.
The scene in Wilberforce, in rural NSW, where a man severed his leg while using an industrial lawnmower (pictured above) on Monday afternoon
NSW Ambulance paramedics, a CareFlight specialist doctor and a NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic all combined to perform a clinical assessment on the injured man.
The man was then placed on a ventilator and in an induced coma in an attempt to stabilise his condition.
A spokesperson for CareFlight said the induced coma was ‘necessary’ because the patient was highly distressed.
NSW Ambulance paramedic Joe Ibrahim attended the gruesome scene on the property in Wilberforce.
‘The man suffered a horrific injury to his leg,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘He was stabilised on scene before being airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition. ‘These type of incidents have the potential to be fatal.’
In late June last year, an arborist amputated his leg while cutting down a tree – also in Wilberforce.
The man, 51, was working when a rope wrapped by his leg got caught in a nearby woodchipper.
The man, 56, was later airlifted to Westmead Hospital where is said to be in a stable condition
The machine pulled the rope taut, severing his leg beneath the knee.
Paramedics were able to preserve the man’s leg by purchasing ice from a petrol station on route to the hospital.
‘We made the decision to transport the patient by road as it was easier to continue treatment to the patient,’ CareFlight’s Chris Cheeseman said at the time.
‘It also allowed us the opportunity to pick up the ice.’