21 May 2009

Australian country GP hailed as hero

9:08 am on 21 May 2009

A country GP in Australia is being hailed as a life-saver after using a power drill to bore into a boy's skull.

Nicholas Rossi, 12, suffered bleeding to the brain and began drifting in and out of consciousness after falling from his bike near a friend's home in Maryborough, Victoria.

After realising the local hospital did not have the necessary surgical equipment, Dr Rob Carson used a drill from a maintenance room to bore into the boy's skull and relieve the pressure on his brain.

The ABC reports he was given advice on the phone by a neurosurgeon in Melbourne.

Michael Rossi says his son would have died if Dr Carson had not acted quickly.

Nicholas has made a full recovery.