Cyclist, 59, fights for life with ‘shocking’ injuries after falling off her bike and impaling herself on a mangrove
- A 59-year-old woman was ‘impaled in the stomach’ in a bicycle accident
- The cyclist fell from her electric bicycle on the Mangrove Boardwalk in Coffs Harbor
- She was stabilized before being transferred to John Hunter Hospital for surgery
- NSW Ambulance inspector Dean Lassau said her injuries were “shocking.”
A woman is fighting for her life after a horrific bicycle accident on the north coast of New South Wales.
Three ambulance crews rushed to the Mangrove Boardwalk behind Dolphin Marine Conservation Park in Coffs Harbor at around noon on Thursday after reports of an injury.
A 59-year-old woman fell from her electric bicycle and was impaled on a mangrove, sustaining chest and back injuries.
She was taken to Coffs Harbor Hospital in critical condition before the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to take her to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for surgery.
Inspector of the NSW Ambulance Duty Operations Inspector Dean Lassau said paramedics were able to stabilize the patient on site.
A 59-year-old woman was gutted in the stomach after a bicycle accident on the Mangrove Boardwalk in Coffs Harbor (photo)
“These kinds of injuries are shocking,” he said. ‘It is so important to reassure our patient as much as possible.
“Together with other emergency services, we were able to provide ongoing care and safely release our patients.
“Our crews provided the best possible treatment, and we managed to stabilize our patient before taking her to the hospital.”
The woman had driven the popular track with her husband before the incident.
“Before, she seemed so happy and she just fell over and everyone was crazy,” said witness Grace Eksanow The Coffs Coast Advocate.
Fellow witness Sunny Yarnold said he saw a stick spearing through the woman’s belly.
“I feel sick … a little scared … a little anxious but well and I just hope she is well and that she lives a long and happy life,” he said.
The cyclist was taken to Coffs Harbor Hospital in critical condition before the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to take her to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for surgery (photo)