Into the chopper: John Kiss and Backflip.
Into the chopper: John Kiss and Backflip.

Doctor sought aid after accident

WHEN John Kiss was seriously injured at Inglewood campdraft last month the confusion was compounded by the fact that the popular Warwick doctor is usually the first to administer aid.

The Warwick GP was sitting on his horse outside the cut-out yard waiting to take a photo of his wife Lisa competing in an early round of the maiden when the accident happened.

“I was getting my phone ready to take the photo when a bullock jumped the seven-foot fence, hit me in the head and knocked me off my horse,” he said.

Exactly what happened next was clouded by dust and hooves as riders attempted to clear the area where Dr Kiss lay unconscious.

But his wife Lisa believes the beast and then his horse – ironically, or some would argue appropriately, called Backflip – landed on him after he was knocked out.

“What caused some confusion is John is usually the one administering first aid when there’s an accident,” Mrs Kiss said.

“There was dust everywhere; I knew he’d been hurt: I’d watched the beast go over the fence right where he was.”

His injuries were serious: fractured ribs on his right side, a partially collapsed lung, three dislocated fingers and tendon damage on his left hand and extensive bruising.

“Considering what happened, I am lucky to be here,” Dr Kiss said.

After being treated by ambulance officers at the scene, he was transferred to Inglewood Hospital before being airlifted by RACQ CareFlight first to Brisbane’s PA Hospital and then to the Wesley Hospital.

For the next 10 days the Warwick GP experienced the other side of the health-care system.

“Being on the receiving end of medical care gave me a different perspective; I became acutely aware of how busy hospital staff are,” Dr Kiss said.

In the wake of his March 12 accident he spent 10 days in hospital and endured two operations to repair tendon damage. His chest injuries are largely healed, but more treatment will be needed before he regains full use of his hand.

But that won’t stop the GP returning part-time to work next week.

“I need to say thank-you to the ambulance officers, Inglewood Hospital staff, the CareFlight crew and our fellow campdrafters, who made sure our horses and truck got home safely that weekend,” Dr Kiss said.

Amazingly, 10-year-old Backflip came through the accident unscathed and was actually ridden in the campdraft later that weekend.

“I have been campdrafting for 23 years and have never heard of an accident like this, but, thanks to everyone, I came through OK,” Dr Kiss said.

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