Timboon netballer Steph Ziegelaar says Air Ambulance is vital to the south-west

THANK YOU: Timboon Demons netballer Steph Ziegelaar has thanked friends, family and the community for their support. Picture: Morgan Hancock

THANK YOU: Timboon Demons netballer Steph Ziegelaar has thanked friends, family and the community for their support. Picture: Morgan Hancock

STEPH Ziegelaar has hailed the region’s Air Ambulance a ‘vital service’.

The Timboon Demons netballer was flown to Melbourne on Saturday after an on-court incident.

She told The Standard she was discharged later that evening. 

“I copped an accidental knock to my right temple,” she said.

“I kind of kept going but then everything started going blurry and black and I couldn’t see.

“I remember the ball going through the hoop and just falling to the ground.” 

When she opened her eyes she was surrounded by people.

“I was in so much pain,” she said.

“I was in shock and didn’t know what was happening.”

The netball game moved courts and continued while Ziegelaar was moved inside by a trainer and paramedicine student, with the help of two club member nurses and another paramedic.

“I started convulsing,” she said.

“There were shock seizures. It kept going and then the Air Ambulance was called.”

The flight to The Alfred hospital took 58 minutes, which is slightly longer than usual, due to strong winds.

“I was asleep for most of it,” the 19-year-old said.

“Mum embraced the view.

“She doesn’t usually come and watch, so it was lucky she was there.”

After arriving in Melbourne about 4.20pm, Ziegelaar underwent scans and checks.

She was discharged about 9.30pm, by which time her father and siblings had arrived in Melbourne.

She has spent the past two days recuperating at home in Warrnambool.

The TAFE travel and tourism student said she would not play for the Demons against Dennington this week.

She thanked her friends and family as well as strangers for their concern.

“I’ve had an overwhelming amount of support and messages,” she said.

“I noticed people were following my updates on The Standard’s Facebook page. They didn’t even know me and they were wishing me well. It was nice.

“Thank you to everyone that helped me get into the Air Ambulance and to the footy boys for calling off their game.”

She said she had no idea when she woke up on Saturday morning she would be flying to Melbourne that afternoon. 

“I just want to strongly encourage that the Air Ambulance stays in Warrnambool,” she said.

“We pushed for it to come here, so I think we need to push for it to stay and make sure we praise the people that run it and the workers. It’s great.”

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