Flagstone’s Angelo Canino nearly didn’t get to celebrate father’s day this year, after being involved in a serious motorcycle crash in May.
Mr Canino, and his family, spent this father’s day thinking of paramedics and police who were vital in saving his life.
Advance care paramedics Mark Parry and Richard Petersen were able to meet Mr Canino on September 13 during the 125th celebration of Queensland Ambulance Week.
“It’s great to be able to follow up on cases like this and see how the patient has made a recovery,” Mr Parry said.
“Ninety per cent of the time we don’t know how people go once we leave them in hospital.”
Mr Canino’s eldest daughter Cassie said the help they received from Mark and Richard, the other ambulance staff on scene, and the police, particularly Constable Brad Taylor was incredible.
“We just cannot honestly thank them all enough,” she said.
“They all made sure dad was ok, but also us and his grandchildren.
“Brad was able to stay with us to help keep an eye on the grandchildren and the paramedics even came back to see how we were.”
Ms Canino said the Flagstone community really gave a helping hand by chipping in to cook meals for the extended family.
“I just cannot thank these guys enough for getting me out of there and straight to hospital and everyone for looking after my family while I couldn’t,” he said.
“I am just so grateful.”
On May 31, Mr Canino was on his way home after a night shift in Stafford before he was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Teviot Road, Jimboomba at 7.30am.
He doesn't remember any of the crash, but said he remembers thinking he was having a great run home.
“I’ve been in a few accidents before, you get that when you ride bikes, but this was the worst crash of them all,” he said.
Mr Canino’s daughter Denise came across the scene on her way to the school drop-off after the paramedics were in attendance.
Mr Petersen said Mr Canino’s helmet had flown off after the force of the impact between Mr Canino’s motorcycle and the other vehicle.
“He was pretty knocked up when we got there, but the scene was well managed by other drivers,” he said.
“We had the high acuity and critical care guys come in but he remained stable until we got him to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
“He really is lucky that his head injury was no worse.”
Mr Canino suffered skull fractures, internal bleeding and a severely broken wrist.
He was in the hospital for just over two weeks, where he spent part of the time in an induced coma.
Mr Canino is still on the mend due to the severity of his wrist break but looks forward to heading back to work later this year.
Ambulance Week is celebrated between September 11 to 15. It acts as the anniversary of the state’s first civil ambulance service and an opportunity to thank the tireless work of the staff and volunteers.