Allan McKeering shakes aircrew officer Rick Harvey's hand while his wife Carmel shakes the pilot's hand when they reunite after a serious accident to Allan. Allan's daughter who witnessed the accident, Annaleise Koolstra looks on and her son Fletcher is with Carmel.
Allan McKeering shakes aircrew officer Rick Harvey's hand while his wife Carmel shakes the pilot's hand when they reunite after a serious accident to Allan. Allan's daughter who witnessed the accident, Annaleise Koolstra looks on and her son Fletcher is with Carmel. John McCutcheon

Grandfather thanks Coast chopper crew who saved him

ALLAN McKeering will be forever grateful to the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew.

In March this year, the 62-year-old Kingaroy truck driver was preparing for a leisurely Sunday morning horse ride on his farm with his wife Carmel and his family.

The night before his daughter Annaleise Koolstra had broken the news that she and her husband Cheyne were expecting their third child and Allan was looking forward to his grandchild's arrival.

Unfortunately though, as Allan tried to mount his former racehorse, Exhilarator, it reared, throwing him to the ground before landing on him.

He suffered a broken right ankle and leg and damaged a vertebra.

 

Allan McKeering face to face with the LifeFlight pilot Brent Hall who flew him to hospital after a serious accident.
Allan McKeering face to face with the LifeFlight pilot Brent Hall who flew him to hospital after a serious accident. John McCutcheon

Annaleise said they feared the worst as Allan said he could not move his legs.

"We are not dramatic people, in fact we are very private and quiet, but I was thinking, 'this is a big deal'," she said.

A Maroochydore based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to the accident scene and the four crew members including pilot Brent Hall and aircrew officer Rick Harvey landed within an hour.

Allan and Carmel were loaded into the chopper and flown to Nambour General Hospital while Annaleise and her husband were left to make arrangements for the farm and animals before driving to Nambour.

Allan spent two weeks in hospital with three operations and then eight months of rehabilitation.

On Saturday, Allan was reunited with the LifeFlight crew who rescued him and was able to say thanks.

Annaleise said the family would never forget the crew who rescued her dad.

"I never thought we would be using LifeFlight because nobody thinks something bad is going to happen to them," she said.

"Thank you to those amazing men and thank you to LifeFlight. You will always hold a little place in my heart."


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