Six months ago, Ondrej Venter from Baldivis was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident in Walpole.
Thanks to a quick thinking, well trained team of first respondents, he was safely taken to hospital and has since made a full recovery.
Ondrej recently returned to Walpole to personally thank local volunteer paramedics, police and Silver Chain’s Remote Area Nurse Sue Youngman for their amazing work. Sue was one of the first people to the scene of the accident and said Ondrej had every injury under the sun.
“Head injuries, spinal injuries, it didn’t look good,” Sue said.
“But that was six months ago, so to see him walk now, without a limp or hitch in his step is just amazing.”
Due to the severity of Ondrej’s injuries, St John’s Ambulance Volunteers requested Sue to accompany them to monitor Ondrej as he was transported to Denmark Hospital, where they were met by medical and nursing staff and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
“Ondrej was very lucky. He was in good hands, but it was like the planets and stars aligned that day, as everyone who needed to see him was available,” Sue said.
“Meeting Ondrej and his family after the accident was a really good experience for everyone involved.
“His whole family has a new outlook on life after the accident, and they’ve all sold their motorcycles.
“With these types of accidents, especially in small remote areas, we don’t often get to see the outcomes – as they aren’t always good.
“Thankfully for Ondrej, it was a very positive one. It was so good to see him walking and was a reminder of the great relationships we have with local services and volunteers.”
Silver Chain has 12 remote area service centres spread across Western Australia’s regional towns and communities which provide primary and emergency care.
Our remote area nurses all operate out of local clinics during office hours and are on call at other times. They attend and see whoever walks in their clinic door and often assist in managing emergencies.