STABLE CONDITION: A man in his 50s, who became seriously ill after drinking home brew  at the Big Red Bash is now recovering in Redcliffe Hospital.
STABLE CONDITION: A man in his 50s, who became seriously ill after drinking home brew at the Big Red Bash is now recovering in Redcliffe Hospital. Patrick O'Kane Media

Home brew leaves Qld festival-goer critical

A MAN was transported 1600km for serious medical attention after he was left fighting for his life from consuming home-brewed alcohol.

The man, aged in his 50s, is now in a stable condition and being treated at Redcliffe Hospital.

He became seriously ill while drinking home-brewed alcohol at the Big Red Bash Festival at Birdsville.

Ambulance officers said the Royal Flying Doctor Service airlifted the man from Birdsville to Charleville on Thursday night in a serious condition after he was found in a severely ill state.

"A patient was flown from the Big Red Bash Festival in Birdsville to Charleville Hospital at around 10.30pm on Thursday night in a critical condition,” RFDS chief operating officer Andrew Barron said.

"The patient is now in a stable condition and was flown to Redcliffe Hospital on Friday morning for further treatment.”

Birdsville expands to 60 times its normal size every year when the popular Simpson Desert festival attracts thousands from all throughout the globe.

About $25,000 was raised for the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the Big Red Bash last week, with a mammoth effort from 2330 festival-goers who broke the World Record for the biggest Nutbush dance.

The previous record was 1719 people.


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