A cowboy who suffers 40 percent of his body during a car accident says he will never forget the smell of his own skin that melts.
Jamie Manning drove home, about 20 km outside Dubbo, when he lost control of his ute on a tight turn and collided with a tree on March 27, 2014.
He was turned off and when he regained consciousness, he realized that his vehicle had gone up in flames.
He tried to escape, but his seat belt was tight around his waist and pinned him under the dashboard.
Jamie Manning (photo), who survived a gruesome crash but suffered 40 percent burns to his body, says he will never forget the stench of his own skin that melts away
On March 27, 2014, Jamie Manning (photo) drove home, about 20 km outside Dubbo, when he lost control of his ute in a short turn and collided with a tree
Less than 60 seconds after Mr. Manning had been dragged to safety by a passerby, his ute exploded
I remember that I realized that I was trapped, that the engine was in fact on my lap & # 39 ;, said the former stock seller to news.com.au.
M. Manning, now 42, remembered how a man from a nearby property tried to save him, but because the man was a "big guy". was, he said he had to leave before the car exploded.
The good Samaritan refused to leave and used a knife Mr. Manning had installed in his ute months earlier to free him and turn off the flames with a fire extinguisher.
Mr. Manning was brought to safety just in time when the ute exploded.
He was then rushed to a nearby hospital and later flown to Sydney, where it was revealed that he had burned more than 40% of his body.
His injuries included significant burns on his face – including his nose, eyelids, ears and lips, and his leg was burned to the bone.
& # 39; That smell I will never forget, & # 39; Mr. Manning remembered.
The man also had a broken skull and bleeding in his brain, as well as significant bone fractures and fractures at his back and hips.
Mr Manning (photo) was comatose for seven weeks, during which time his wife Karen had to make various life-changing decisions – including the amputation of his left leg and hand
Mr. Manning (photo) was sent to the rehab clinic with the plan to gradually recover over a period of 12 months, but after he realized that certain therapies were not for him, he checked against medical advice.
Mr. Manning was comatose for seven weeks, during which time his wife Karen had to make various life-changing decisions, including the amputation of his left leg and hand.
While worried about how he would later adapt to life and feared he would not be able to ride anymore, doctors said he would be lucky if the bleeding in his brain did not affect him in the long run.
Mr. Manning, a full-time cowboy who was a talented bull rider, was also incredibly hands-on at work, requiring him to jump on and jump and collect cattle.
Despite his poor prognosis, when doctors eventually removed his respiratory tube, he showed signs of improvement – although initially a little confused by the medication.
With the help of his loving wife and family, Mr. Manning (photo) drove himself slowly with his own experts, doctors and physiotherapists
Mr Manning (pictured left and right), a full-time cowboy who was a talented bull-rider, was also incredibly hands-on at work, making him jump up and down and collect cattle
A few weeks later he was sent to the rehab clinic with the plan to gradually recover over a period of 12 months, but after realizing that certain therapies were not for him, he checked medical advice and returned to the family farm.
He said that, in order to survive, he realized that he had to be at home, because although the treatment had good intentions, it was not comfortable for him.
Back on familiar soil, and with the help of his sympathetic wife and family, Mr. Manning drove himself slowly with the advice of his own experts, doctors and physiotherapists.
He also underwent more than twelve dozen operations, but with the love and support of his family he has been able to undergo a remarkable recovery.
He has been working again in recent months and proves to everyone that he will not only be satisfied with survival, but that he will lead his life.
& # 39; The doctors have told me that I would never work again. That was my biggest drive – to prove that they were wrong, "he said.