Cattle baron remains critical

QUEENSLAND cattle baron Graeme Acton remains in a critical condition in the intensive care unit at Royal Brisbane Hospital following a freak horse accident at the Clarke Creek campdraft west of Marlborough on Friday.

The 63-year-old, now breathing without the help of life support, sustained spinal injuries which have now shown to be not as severe as initially thought because the spinal cord is intact.

The CQ Rescue Helicopter transported Mr Acton to Rockhampton Hospital where he was stabilised before the Royal Flying Doctor Service transferred him to Brisbane.

Mr Acton's wife Jennie, siblings Elizabeth, Evan and Allen, and adult children Tom, Victoria, Hayley and Laura, and their extended families are believed to have flown to Brisbane to be at Mr Acton's bedside.

Mr Acton and his brother Evan run the $445 million family business in Central Queensland.



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