David Nugent owns a cattle farm near Wagga Wagga. While on the farm one day in 1995, David was seriously injured when his arms became caught in a hay baler as he was trying to ﬁx a fault. The baler pulled his arms in with such force that he suffered chest and head injuries along with extensive injuries to both arms. He was trapped for more than an hour before being rescued and rushed to hospital. After months in hospital, his right arm was eventually amputated above the elbow and many surgeries followed to save the left arm, including orthopaedic reconstruction, skin grafting, vascular grafting and infection control.
David knew nothing other than farming and was determined to solve problems and ﬁnd solutions. His motto: ‘the farm will not beat me’. With the help of Rehab Co, a prosthetic technician, his case manager, family and friends he made changes to the farm set-up, re-designed his work practices and researched widely to ﬁnd equipment most appropriate to his new needs.
David credits a determined, problem-solving attitude and a great team as the principal reasons for his remarkable achievements.
Although the incident happened almost 20 years ago, David continues to receive medical treatment for his injuries but has returned to his pre-injury duties as a self-employed cattle farmer, hay contractor, bob-cat operator and earth mover.