CareFlight patient to share her story at Gala Ball

LIFE SAVING: The CareFlight helicopter airlifted South Burnett woman Alice Greenup.
LIFE SAVING: The CareFlight helicopter airlifted South Burnett woman Alice Greenup. Paul Sadler-Airservices Australia

ALICE Greenup suffered horrific injuries after falling from her horse south west of Kingaroy.

Twelve years ago Mrs Greenup was mustering cattle with her husband Rick on a property at Kumbia when the horse suddenly reared up and bucked her off.

The horse kicked Mrs Greenup in the neck and chest with its back legs while she was in the air, slamming her to the ground.

"Searing pain engulfed my body. I couldn't move my head - it felt like it was bolted to the earth," Mrs Greenup said.

Mr Greenup feared the worst but was forced to leave her lying alone while he desperately rode and ran several kilometres for help.

"Our closest major hospital is 250 kilometres to the east," she said.

A RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was called in to urgently airlift Mrs Greenup to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

She suffered horrific injuries, including bleeding on the brain, a ruptured liver and broken ribs.

Remarkably, Mrs Greenup not only survived the terrifying fall, but published her first book in 2013 - a memoir titled Educating Alice and revisited the CareFlight Hangar in Toowoomba on April 30.

The Australian author and beef cattle farmer will share her story at the ninth annual CareFlight Gala Ball in Toowoomba on Saturday, May 30.

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