Royal Flying Doctor helps young farmer after accident on a property

A young farmer has praised the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service after he was involved in an accident on a friend's property recently.

Jed was helping muster sheep when his accident happened.

He came off his motorbike on the farm and shooting pain in his wrist and ankle quickly told him how much trouble he was in.

"I was coming around some of the sheep," he said.

"This creek bed just seemed to come out of nowhere. I couldn't brake in time and I flipped over the front bars of my bike."

Jed fractured his wrist and shattered his ankle, but says the pain didn't kick in until he tried to stand up.

He was helped into the back of a ute for the two hour long journey back into town with nothing but a couple of pillows to cushion the agonising impacts of the bumpy road.

Jed called his mother Tammy on the journey, who in turn called an ambulance.

They met halfway and Jed was rushed straight to Broken Hill Hospital. By the time he arrived, Jed's foot was badly swollen.

X-rays soon revealed his ankle was badly shattered and he needed to get to Dubbo for urgent treatment.

Tammy said she felt enormous relief when the Flying Doctor arrived the next day to take him there.

"It would have been really daunting for him to travel eight or nine hours in a car in so much pain. There are kangaroos and things on the road, and the stretch between Cobar and Dubbo is rough."

Soon after arriving in Dubbo, Jed went in for surgery and a plate and pins were put in his ankle to repair his broken bones and support a good recovery.

After surgery, the Flying Doctor team was there again to get him home safely and comfortably. Jed said they were a very welcome sight, as he had been dreading the trip home.

"I'm six foot two. I wouldn't have fit in a car very well with my leg up," he said.

While he'll have to spend the next couple of months off his feet, Jed's recovery is going well.

He is looking forward to going out with his mates and playing rugby again, and yes, even getting back on the motorbike.

"I'm even missing school a little bit, to be honest," Jed admits.

He believes the ordeal would have been much tougher without the Flying Doctor by his side.

"They're real lifesavers," Jed said.

"All the team was very nice to me. They're good people."

And Tammy couldn't agree more.

"I love the Flying Doctor. I think it's amazing what they do, and I felt good with my son in their care. They're absolute saviours," she said.

Following on from National Farm Safety Week, the Flying Doctor wants to raise awareness around the importance of medical care for regional and remote communities, as frontline staff often attend accidents that have taken place in a remote farm setting.

On-farm death and injury is a major problem for rural and remote communities in Australia.

The injury fatality rate for farmworkers is nine times higher than any other industry in Australia and the Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section is often called to emergencies where people have been injured on the farm, whether it be while on a quad bike or using machinery.