Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Tough break for deerstalker

ACC Media Release

17 October 2013

Tough break for deerstalker

There’s nothing like getting injured to make you aware of the impact an injury can have on your life.

As part of ACC Safety Week 2013, ACC clients are sharing their stories about how they got injured – and they’re encouraging other Kiwis to pay attention to safety, to avoid getting injured themselves.

Below, New Plymouth’s Garry Rutherford shares his story:

“Be prepared” is the Scouts motto, and it’s one that certainly helped Garry Rutherford when a hunting trip turned bad!

Garry and his son were returning to their boat at the end of the trip, and at that stage, they probably thought the worst thing about it was not managing to bag a deer.

That was until Gary slipped on a couple of planks that acted as a bridge across the river.

“My right leg ended up under the planks, and my femur was broken,” says Garry. “I managed to get to my son then crawl to a mud patch, where we activated our locator beacon.

Garry says he was lucky to have good hunting gear.

“This happened about quarter past six, so it was dark. But once we set the beacon my wife knew something had gone wrong, and they were able to send out a helicopter.”

“Fortunately, they knew exactly where to find me, although at first the helicopter had difficulty finding somewhere suitable to land.”

Once the chopper crew reached Garry, he was flown to New Plymouth Hospital. He required surgery to fix the break, which he describes as being “like eggshells in there”.

Five months in a brace as well as ACC-funded physio followed, though initially the physiotherapy wasn’t as helpful as hoped, due to a cracked foot that was only discovered later.

“It took two and a half weeks of physio before I could bend my knee enough to cycle. I found that massages to my leg, to get the blood flowing, helped. Once my foot was fixed, things got better.”

The injury was a pain in other ways, says Garry, as he had to get people in to help with his home-kill business.

Garry is now back working and hunting.  He has even returned to the place of his injury, but there was no way he was crossing those planks again!

He has a bit of a limp, but no longer feels pain in his leg or ankle, and knows things could have been much worse.

“You never realise, until you have something like this happen to you, just how it affects you. It can be a bit of a nightmare really.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news