LUCKY LAD: Doug Scholfield owes his life to Warwick emergency crews and CareFlight.
LUCKY LAD: Doug Scholfield owes his life to Warwick emergency crews and CareFlight. Molly Glassey

Doug beats death with the help of CareFlight

ANEURYSM survivor Doug Scholfield is the first to admit he should not be alive.

The avid collector, retired-mechanic and Pig and Calf sale regular suffered an aortic aneurysm in October last year.

"In 2009 I found out I had it," Mr Scholfield said.

"It was over 5cm and the specialist said I'd only have a 50/50 chance of making it.

"They said when it happened, I'd have 10 minutes then I'd be dead."

Then, on October 24, Mr Scholfield's luck ran out.

"I was laying down and I got these horrible stomach pains," he said.

"That's what they told me would happen.

"I couldn't get in the car, so my missus called the ambos.

"The ambulance to Warwick Hospital got me all prepped up and ready to go while we waited for CareFlight to turn up."

The CareFlight helicopter flew him from Warwick the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Mr Scholfield was rushed to surgery, where part of his aorta was replaced.

"I was conscious the whole time," he said.

"After that the doctor said, we don't know how you're still here."

Two weeks later, he was home in Warwick, fit and healthy.

"I didn't have rehab, just good bush air," he said.

He said at the time of the incident, he was not ready to die.

"I haven't finished here, I thought," Mr Schofield said.

"I've got too much junk in my shed to fix."

Mr Schofield has little doubt he would not be alive it were not for the quick actions of the paramedics, hospital staff and CareFlight.

"The ambulance, the hospital and CareFlight all in this one group were amazing," he said

"I always thought, CareFlight, what am I ever going to need them for?

"But now if I've got a bit of spare change, I throw it in the box."