Paramedic gives himself first aid

2013-09-28 00:00

A 30-YEAR-OLD volunteer paramedic found his training useful when he had to save himself after an injury with an angle grinder yesterday morning.

Derek van der Linde, who underwent emergency surgery at the Hillcrest Hospital shortly after the incident, injured his leg with the angle grinder. Details of what he had been doing prior to the incident are not clear as yet.

ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene in Westmead, Pinetown, to find Van der Linde had already attempted to administer an intravenous drip to himself, as well as applying a tourniquet to his leg to stop the bleeding.

He was treated on scene before he was rushed to the hospital.

Hospital marketing manager Trish Stoole said Van der Linde was in a stable condition after surgery yesterday afternoon.

Attempts to speak to Van der Linde himself were unsuccessful.

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