A EUNGELLA man was left alone paralysed in pain for 22 hours after his ride-on mower overturned and struck him in the groin.

Douglas Cameron said he was driving his ride-on mower on his Eungella property at 2.30pm on Saturday when disaster struck.

"It was more bad luck than anything else. I've been doing it (mowing) for 20-30 odd years in the same place," the 64-year-old said.

"I was cutting grass with the slasher … it dropped in a bit of a hole, spun sideways and fell over.

"It rolled over the top of me.

"The seat got me down in my pelvis - in the groin."

Taking the full brunt of the machine to the groin, Mr Cameron was left with severe internal hip and groin injuries.

Mr Cameron said he tried to crawl to find help, but the intense pain stopped him.

"There was no way in the world I could get up under the grass," he said.

"I was just lying there. I couldn't move."

Eungella resident Douglas Cameron, 64, was treated for hypothermia and hip and pelvic injuries after his ride-on mower struck him in the groin, leaving him paralysed overnight on Saturday August 1.
Eungella resident Douglas Cameron, 64, was treated for hypothermia and hip and pelvic injuries after his ride-on mower struck him in the groin, leaving him paralysed overnight on Saturday August 1.

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Mr Cameron spent the night paralysed, helpless in the grass listening to his overturned mower still rumbling in the darkness.

"It was running all night and all day," he said.

Mr Cameron endured the near freezing temperatures huddled and shivering as Eungella thermometers dropped to 3C on Saturday night.

Mr Cameron said he thought for sure he would die out in the open.

"(You think about) only the bad things," he said.

"There's definitely no good things that's for sure."

It was late Sunday morning when Mr Cameron heard the voice of his saviour.

"I heard Mary's voice 'Doug what have you done?'," he said.

"I thought 'thank Christ, it's Mary'."

"You don't realise how good it feels to have old Mary calling out."

Eungella resident Douglas Cameron, 64, was treated for hypothermia and hip and pelvic injuries after his ride-on mower struck him in the groin, leaving him paralysed overnight on Saturday August 1.
Eungella resident Douglas Cameron, 64, was treated for hypothermia and hip and pelvic injuries after his ride-on mower struck him in the groin, leaving him paralysed overnight on Saturday August 1.

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After a night shivering under the clouds, Mr Cameron said his neighbours brought blankets, doonas and jackets to warm him up.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics were called to the rural private property at 10.43am.

Mr Cameron was treated for hypothermia and hip and pelvic injuries and was taken to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.

While happy to have survived the ordeal, Mr Cameron said he still felt "terrible and sore".

Mr Cameron said his ordeal was not over, with an operation set for Saturday.


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