Australian Story - With This Ring (Gayle Shann)
27 year old Gayle Shann was working with her husband putting in fence posts on their property “Cantaur Park” when her glove became entangled in a drilling machine inflicting shocking injuries and nearly ripping her apart. It would take half an hour for the nearest neighbour to arrive and a further two hours for the flying doctor to get there.
Luckily for Gayle that neighbour was a former nurse - but she was shocked by the extent of the injuries. Gayle’s right arm and shoulder and had been ripped from her body, the left arm paralysed, her face slashed and a leg fractured. It’s left Gayle physically dependent on her 24 year old husband for almost every need – from putting on her make-up to being fed meals – a bitter blow for a young woman who excelled at physical tasks and was a top competitive horse rider (camp drafting).
The couple’s predicament has galvanised the local community. They’ve raised about $200,000 – nearly three times their original target – to help with medical and rehabilitation costs. Australian Story details the drama of the combined rescue effort which saved Gayle’s life – and relates the love story which is making it possible for her to cope with her injuries and stay on the land.
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