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Northern NSW : Winter 2014 redo
Crowne Plaza Terrigal was packed with supporters ready to get in touch with their wild side at the Jungle Fever themed Annual Charity Ball on the 29 March. The charity ball attracted 320 guests and featured comedian, Fiona O’Loughlin. The night began with rooftop drinks looking out over the Pacific Ocean. After dinner the guests kicked back and danced into the early hours of the morning thanks to cover band, Jellybean Jam. The night was a great success raising $40,000. Thank you to sponsors: Insurance House, BJ Howes Metaland, Bishop Collins chartered Accountants, Blueberry Events, Coast Helicopters, Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Domayne West Gosford, Westfield Tuggerah, Casella Family Wines, StarFM, NBN, James Bridge Design and Avestar. Jungle Fever Central Coast’s Annual Charity Ball Speed critical for snake bite survivor Easter Monday, 2008 was a harrowing day for the Wynands. Just after 2.30 in the afternoon Glenn Wynands collapsed, his last words before blacking out, ‘That’s it, I’m dead’. Like most, Glenn was taking advantage of a long weekend to attend to those long neglected jobs. He had been fixing his vacuum cleaner when he received a call from his neighbour asking for his help to shoo a snake from her shed. Glenn’s memory of most of that day doesn’t exist; he relies on the story his family and neighbours have told him. ‘ I don’t know what I was thinking trying to pick it up. I must have thought I was the bloody Crocodile Hunter or something,’ he said shaking his head. Glenn was bitten twice, once on the finger and once on the forearm by what he now knows was a deadly Eastern Brown snake. Glenn’s daughter, Tammie, remembers her dad walking home from the neighbours; she and her mum, Debbie, had just pulled up in the driveway. ‘ He was definitely in a bit of shock,’ Tammie said, ‘but dad is one of those blokes who’ll laugh it off and keep going, no matter what.’ Only a few minutes later the family became acutely aware that this was far more serious when Glenn collapsed suddenly. Tammie’s brother, Daniel rushed to their dad’s side and with the help of a cousin moved him out of the doorway. Using the ‘pressure immobilisation technique’, Daniel wrapped a bandage the entire length of Glenn’s arm, to slow the flow of venom in his blood stream. Tammie immediately dialled triple zero. The ambulance, dispatched from Cessnock, took less than 15 minutes to arrive at the Wynands’ Heddon Greta home and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service arrived moments later. By the time the Rescue Helicopter touched down in the vacant lot behind the house, the ambulance paramedics had put Glenn on a drip. Without stopping the blades, Glenn was packed into the Rescue Helicopter and flown to the John Hunter Hospital. Glenn spent eight hours in emergency before being transferred by road ambulance to the Mater Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, where he spent a further two days in an induced coma. ‘ When we all arrived at the hospital, the doctors took us aside and said they couldn’t make any promises for dad. They said he did have time on his side, thanks to the Service, ‘Tammie said. Glenn was fortunate that the snake was identified. Soon after he was bitten, another neighbour rushed to his aid. It just so happened to be Ian (Beat) Hill from the 1970’s television show, Beating Around the Bush. Mr Hill was able to make the initial identification of the snake and bagged it up for the hospital to make a formal identification. Glenn survived by the skin of his teeth and had only minutes to spare before irreversible and potentially fatal damage was done. He stayed in hospital for just three days and his only side effects from the ordeal were occasional head-spins and loss of memory of the day’s events. Glenn went back to work the second he was given the all clear from the doctors. ‘W ithout the quick thinking of my family, I wouldn’t be here. Without the quick response of the ambulance and the Service, I wouldn’t be here; I owe my life to a lot of great people.’ Jellybean Jam entertaining the guests through the night. g3photographics.com 9 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2014
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