Westpac chopper pilot has to fly own daughter to hospital
ROB Moore has flown hundreds of people with life threatening injuries to hospital but he never thought he would see the day his daughter Megan would need the services of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
The 14-year-old Bangalow Pony Club member was competing in a gymkhana at Casino Showground when she was thrown from her horse and hit her head hard.
"She took a wrong turn on the horse and tried to pull him up and was thrown over the top," the Westpac chopper pilot said.
Despite wearing a helmet and all the required protective gear, Mr Moore said Megan was knocked unconscious for at least 30 seconds.
"I was very concerned especially after I yelled out to her and she didn't answer," he said.
A nurse who was the first aid officer raced over to look at Megan, Mr Moore said.
"She called the ambulance because Megan suffered a neck and head injury which was the right thing to do," he said.
With all falls like Megan's, Mr Moore said it was always better to be cautious and go to hospital to get examined.
"We've taken a number of people to hospital after incidents where the paramedics have made the call that they needed surgery and they got there just in the nick of time," he said.
"With some head injuries if you don't get them to hospital quick enough their brain swells and they can die.
"That's where the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is so valuable in saving lives.
"I had no say, and didn't want to have a say in whether she went to hospital by helicopter or not."
Mr Moore said Megan's fall was the second incident of the day involving a young female rider.
"It's a bit of a dangerous sport but like with everything you can't wrap them up in a glass case," he said.
Megan will be okay but can't ride for a month.