A 300 kilogram man who suffered an asthma attack had to be winched from his apartment in a Brisbane tower today.The 57-year-old man, who is a resident in the Walter Taylor Bridge, between Indooroopilly and Chelmer, remains in intensive care in hospital.Police ordered the closure of the bridge just before 5pm yesterday after paramedics were called to assist the morbidly obese man, who was experiencing breathing difficulties.Taringa fire brigade station officer Steve Marmotta, who helped coordinate the rescue operation, said medicos rendered treatment at the scene but a decision was made to remove him through a third-floor window using a crane.The bridge has two towers, each with their own apartment.The man was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition. It is believed he suffers from a number of health complaints unrelated to his obesity.”We got the call to assist the ambulance guys about 2.30pm…but being inside a bridge and given the age of the structure, there are two flights of concrete steps that were deemed too narrow and too difficult to manoeuvre a stretcher down,” Mr Marmotta told brisbanetimes南京夜网.au.”A decision was made to cut out a window in the room where the patient was and get him out and on to a crane.”It all went pretty smoothly.”Dozens of emergency crews, police, crane contractors and a council engineer took part in the rescue.Mr Marmotta said in a stroke of good fortune, the crane company had been carrying out maintenance work on the bridge at the time.”It only took about 30 or 40 minutes to get it in place which minimised the amount of time we had to close the bridge to traffic,” he said.”To us, the cost of something like this doesn’t matter. It’s about getting the patient to safety as quickly as we can.”The rescued man is known to locals as a reclusive person who has shunned the attention brought by living in the former toll bridge.The apartments in the tower are owned by Brisbane City Council.It was built using suspension cabling used in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. brisbanetimes南京夜网.au
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