Flying Doctor responds to heart attack patient at Uluru

Date published

30 May 2019
A RFDS aircraft flies over red dirt

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has undertaken the aeromedical retrieval of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest whilst climbing Uluru.

The patient – an adult male – was taken ill on Tuesday whilst climbing Uluru. Fellow climbers performed CPR whilst others collected a nearby Automated External Defibrillator. 

“The man was part way through the climb when he went into cardiac arrest," said Adele Goody, RFDS Flight Nurse.  

"Thankfully, two skilled bystanders – who were trained in CPR and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator – were able to instantly shock his heart back into a survivable rhythm, saving his life,” she said.

The patient was then carried to the ground on a stretcher before being taken to nearby Yulara Health Clinic. 

The RFDS then airlifted the man from Yulara to Alice Springs Hospital for further specialist care. 

A RFDS crew was tasked the next morning to airlift the man from Alice Springs to Adelaide for specialist heart surgery. He is now receiving treatment at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is in a stable condition.