Dr Attique Zafar, 33, came across the man when he was on his way to see a patient for a home visit at Holland Park, in the south of Brisbane, Australia, at about 10pm on 18 March.
A doctor on a mission“I parked near the man’s car and saw him lying in the back … he had a head wound and was losing a lot of blood,” Zafar recounted.
“I went over and tried to resuscitate him and ascertain where he had been injured. That was when I saw someone nearby and I told them to call the police and an ambulance.”
As the concerned doctor went to his car for medical supplies, the gunshot victim tottered over to him, telling him to drive to the hospital.
“The patient told me he had been shot and the gunman was still up there (in a home unit) and he said I had to ‘duck down, duck down’,” Zafar recalled.
However, Zafar had his mind on a singular purpose - keeping the severely injured man conscious amidst the danger, as they waited for help to arrive.
Doctor was “glad that I[he] had the necessary experience”The police reached the scene at approximately 10.10pm and swiftly declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act. The streets were shut down and residents were made to stay inside an apartment complex.
Officers in bulletproof vests evacuated the 38-year-old victim so that Zafar could continue administering treatment until the paramedics arrived, keeping him in stable condition. Once the ambulance had arrived, they escorted the man to Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The patient had been shot in the abdomen as well as the head, which Zafar discovered after the man was evacuated.
“That was when I noticed the man had also been shot in the stomach, which I hadn’t been able to see before because there was so much blood,” said the physician, who used to work in emergency wards.
He had warned the paramedics that the man was bleeding profusely and "may die".
Doctor stayed to treat an injured SWAT officerThe presence of the physician, who currently works under the National Home Doctor Service, proved invaluable, as he ended the evening by treating an injured SWAT officer as well.
“I am glad I had the necessary experience, but still, you don’t expect to be treating gunshot wounds on a home visit,” said Zafar.
He added that he returned to work the day after without having shared the life-threatening experience with friends or family as he “didn’t want them to worry”. “I just hope the (victim) is all right and will get back on his feet,” he said.
18 hours after the situation began, police arrested the alleged gunman, a 32-year-old man from Carina, east of Brisbane. He has been charged with attempted murder, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, wilful damage, unlawful possession and discharge of a weapon and possession of a dangerous drug. He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court. MIMS
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