Heroes tell of remarkable tale that saved girl's life
CALL it what you want - fate, good luck or the stars aligning - but however Brodie Hansen and off-duty paramedic Rick Tenthy happened to come across the scene of a serious crash, it saved a teenage girl's life.
Queensland Ambulance Service operations manager and critical care paramedic Rick Tenthy said it was a change to his regular routine that put him in FE Walker St about 6pm on May 20.
As he stopped and saw a 15-year-old trapped under a car and struggling to breathe, Mr Tenthy's paramedic skills came to the fore and played a significant role in rescuing the girl.
But had Mr Hansen not stopped and used the trolley jack he'd bought just that morning, this story may have had a tragic end.
"On Friday I'm driving my kids to their youth group and we're having a conversation in our car with them, basically telling me that this isn't the way we normally come," Mr Tenthy said.
"So it was quite unusual for us to be travelling down that road going to their usual outing.
"As we're driving up the road there's a car in front of me and all of a sudden it lurches to the side of the road.
"From my viewpoint I can't really see what's happening but my son in the front seat says 'Dad, I think a girl just got run over'.
"I stop my car to see what's going on and of course there's a commotion."
Mr Tenthy said there was a number of the girl's teenage friends, the driver of the car - who was clearly distressed - and traffic still going past.
"I get people safe and shuffle people away. Then I see this girl under the car. She's between both wheels and the underseal of the car is compressing her chest," he said.
"As I get down to talk to her - to tell her that we're going to get her out of there - it's really obvious to me that she can hardly breathe.
"Her lips are blue, her eyes are bugging out, she's terrified.
"And literally with her last gasp she says, 'I can't breathe'.
"Obviously you don't have to be a seasoned paramedic to know that things are bad. I'm gravely concerned about what her prospects are.
"Her bike is crashed under the car and her lower limbs are caught in the wreckage that's jammed under the car so we can't pull her out from under the car.
"She's not very responsive and her life's clearly at risk."
That's when trained lifeguard Brodie Hansen drives past. At first he thinks it's only someone with a flat tyre - until he sees the bike and the feet sticking out.
"I've done a u-bolt and I've cut the road off with my ute so no more cars can get past," he said.
"I jumped out of my ute and just grabbed my jack. I only just bought it that day. It was sitting on my back seat."
Mr Hansen immediately jacked the car up.
"Within minutes this girl goes from being flaccid and blue and on the verge to being pink, having good blood pressure, good heart rate and conscious," Mr Tenthy said.
The girl was remarkably taken to hospital with relatively minor injuries.