Graphic: How did Andrew Conlon survive being swallowed by the earth?
Flying Doctor Podcast #20:
Ten years ago, Andrew (pictured left) stepped backwards onto what appeared to be solid ground, to have a mineshaft open up beneath him.
Andrew was retrieved by the RFDS who provided him with in-flight medical care while on the way to Perth to access specialist care. "I take a couple of steps back, and I'm turning around and talking to guys. All right, once we've done this, we'll go and I took a step backward, and the ground opened up", said Andrew. "And, yeah, I fell, all I remember there is, like, scrambling at the Earth with my hands, and I couldn't get the purchase. Everything crumbled, and then it collapsed."
As a way of giving back, Andrew and his mate Bosko have carefully curated a children’s book ‘Dwayne’s First Flight’ to help raise vital funds for the RFDS.
In the book, Dwayne has an important mission, but he's never flown in the dark. Throughout the story, he overcomes fears, believes in himself, and makes new friends along the way.
Listen to the full story shared by Andrew himself who considers it to be a life-altering experience for him and his family.