Casey Hodson - Rise For Rescue Ambassador
Casey Hodson - Rise For Rescue Ambassador
On the morning
of 5 November 2011 Casey Hodson was 14,000 ft in the air preparing for her
first ever skydive. Watching below was her parents David & Gai, sister Breeann
and nan. Casey was one of two people taking on the tandem skydive but was the
first to out of the plane.
The sky dive
went well and after the free-fall the parachute opened up above her. Being
lighter of the pair who jumped Casey watched as the second skydiver landed
safely before her. The plane had landed by this stage and had started taxiing
across the airstrip. In that moment the skydiving instructor realised that they
were heading in to the path of the taxiing plane and needed to make some
evasive action to get both himself and Casey out of harm’s way.
warned Casey that they were going to land very hard and to brace in to the
position they had practised during the safety briefing. The landing impact was intense
causing both Casey and the instructor to roll, the instructor landing on top of
Casey could not
move and was numb from the waist down. Casey’s dad David was first on the scene
and provided first aid to both the instructor and Casey while the ambulance was
called. Two ambulances and police arrived and assessing the extent of the
injuries the Rescue Helicopter was called.
transferred to Newcastle Hospital, she had a shattered pelvis, fractures in her
spine, haemorrhaging and internal bleeding. The skydiving instructor sustained
a sprained ankle.
Casey spent two
days in intensive care and underwent 8 hours of surgery. She spent three weeks
in a hospital bed unable to weight bare on her left leg. She then spend some
time learning how to use her crutches and how to navigate stairs. Casey was
assisted by the Head of Trauma, Professor Zolt as she started baring weight on
to her leg and she was discharged from hospital mid-December.
taking weight on her leg aided with crutches on New Years Day while on a family
holiday in Port Stephens. Casey mentioned that most of that holiday she did
laps around the caravan park and when she chatted to other holiday makers they
were shocked by the cause of her injury.
reached a point of which her body has recovered as much as possible. She cannot
drive a manual car, push a trolley or run as the repetitive strain causes pain
to her body. Casey can still go to the gym, walk the dog and work.
Meeting their Heros
Casey works at
the Newcastle Golf Club with her sister Breeann. On Friday 1 November 2019 John
Hunter Children's Hospital and Westpac Rescue Helicopter hosted a Charity Golf
Day at the Newcastle Golf Club.
Breann, had been through a recent battle with leukaemia and on this day she
worked a morning shift. During the Golf Day Breeann had the opportunity meet
her oncology doctor and when Casey arrived to work that afternoon the two
sisters recount the delight of meeting such an important person in Breeann’s
her shift and looked across the room to a gentlemen she recognised. She took a
moment to think where she knew him from and realised this was the helicopter
crew man who came her rescue. The last place she saw this man was in the Rescue
Helicopter almost 8 years prior to the day.
to approach the crewman Casey enquired with one of the Rescue Helicopter BBQ
volunteers about who he was. The volunteer advised her that his name was Graham
Nickisson and was a crewman for the Helicopter. The volunteer asked if she
recognised him from the news, Casey stated “no, I recognise him from the
helicopter” and then told them of her rescue.
then introduced Casey and Graham and Casey was astounded that Graham remembered
her and detailed her rescue story. This was a very special day for the sisters,
both meeting their heroes on the same day.
The Hodson family had
another connection to the Rescue Helicopter with their Uncle Sandy also being a
former Rescue Crewman in the early 2000s.
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$100 - Helipad Hero
$250 - Lift Off Legend
$500 - Blue Sky Dreamer
$1000 - Airborne Angel
$2500 - High Flyer
Week 1Saturday 7th Nov The first week of November has been full of different forms of exercise, dog walks, Tabata, HIIT, Boot-camps and walks through the rain forest.
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