Toddler Kicked in the Face by Horse

RACQ CQ Rescue airlifted a toddler to hospital on March 24 after he was kicked in the face by a miniature horse on a property at Blue Mountain.

The 21-month-old boy had been playing on his family’s property when he ventured into the miniature horse pen late yesterday afternoon and startled the animals.

He was standing behind one of the horses which lashed out and kicked him in the face.

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked about 6.30pm to fly to the property on Valkyrie Access Road about 90km south-west of Mackay and arrived just before 7pm with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) on board.

The child sustained facial and lip injuries and was conscious when he was flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition. His mother travelled by road with four other children to meet her son at the hospital.

Sadly, it was the second time over the weekend the Mackay-based rescue helicopter airlifted an injured child.

On Saturday, a three-year-old Blacks Beach child was seriously injured when he was hit by a four-wheel-drive on the road and thrown onto the footpath while riding a scooter.

He was wearing a helmet but sustained skull fractures and internal injuries. He was transported in a very serious condition to Townsville Hospital arriving about 3.30pm.

RACQ CQ Rescue also transferred unwell patients from Moranbah and Proserpine to Mackay Base Hospital over the weekend.