Son saves dad after lawnmower accident

2012-03-23 11:09

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after his ride-on mower fell over and the blade slashed open his leg.

Allan Barnard's life was probably saved by his quick-thinking son Justin, 19, said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

Barnard, 55, was mowing the lawn on Wednesday afternoon at his house in Hillcrest when his wife, Charmain, heard a scream.

It appeared Barnard was on an incline when the tractor mower fell over and the blade hit him, said Banks.

When Justin saw his father’s wound and how much blood was lost, he ran to fetch a belt from the house.

He tied it around his father’s leg to stop the bleeding.

Barnard had already lost a lot of blood by the time the paramedics arrived, said Banks.

He said the situation could have ended up being a tragedy had it not been for the belt tourniquet.

According to the Hillcrest Private Hospital, Barnard had an operation on Wednesday evening and surgeons managed to save his leg.

He was still in the high care unit on Thursday but his condition was stable.

Apart from the cut wound, the leg was also broken.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-03-23 11:24

    Give that son a bells... I mean coke!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-03-23 12:17

      He's 19 he deserves a bells!

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-23 12:18

      Cokes a bit rough start with a joint! Damn the man.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-03-23 12:28

      Yeah I know he's 19, but we do not want him to start drinking at such a young age hey? LOL! That's for the later years when the troubles start!

      Trevor - 2012-03-23 12:57

      give that son two bells LOL

      Rudie - 2012-03-23 13:43

      The damn son should have moved the lawn not his dad.

      Shoosh - 2012-03-23 16:18

      @Rudie- was the son supposed to have MOVED the lawn to a place where his father couldn't find it therefore not able to mow it?

  • Marion - 2012-03-23 11:32

    Well done to this quick thinking son. Obviously can think on his feet.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-23 11:44

    Lighty is 19. Def give him a Bells for thinking on his feet...

  • Melissa - 2012-03-23 12:21

    "ride-on mower fell over and the blade slashed open his leg" slashed open his leg SLASHED OPEN HIS LEG someone needs an english lesson or two!

      Janice - 2012-03-23 12:45

      Stop moaning and congratulate the boy!!!

      Sam - 2012-03-23 13:15

      I've had an english lesson or two... what's wrong with this? I know there are other ways of saying what happened, but I don't have a problem with this. You can cut open a watermelon, you can rip open a packet, you can slash open a leg. Where's the problem?

  • Oliver - 2012-03-23 13:09

    ag shame, what a sweetie pie, well done!

      jimmy.budeli - 2012-03-23 13:37

      at least a little of first aid lesson could save someon'e life. the father should be proud of him

  • dionysus.68 - 2012-03-23 14:57

    Well done young man, not many youngsters your age would have the presence of mind to think and act rationally and calmly in such emergencies. Your parents must be commended for raising such a strong-minded child.

  • RiD123 - 2012-03-24 09:24

    I'm with SHOOSH ^^^

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