Lisa Davey was known to love animals, especially her pet dogs.
Lisa Davey was known to love animals, especially her pet dogs.

Nurse fights for life after mysterious head trauma

A GOLD Coast nurse is surrounded by her colleagues and family as she fights for her life in the very room she worked to save others.

Gold Coast University Hospital emergency department nurse Lisa Davey remains in intensive care after suffering an unknown blunt trauma to her head Thursday night.

Mystery still surrounds the circumstances that led to Ms Davey being found critically injured and unresponsive by neighbours in the driveway of her Arundel home before 6pm, but the tragedy has rocked the tight-knit medical community.

Gold Coast ED nurse Lisa Davey with her pet dog.
Gold Coast ED nurse Lisa Davey with her pet dog.


Police are pursuing all leads surrounding Ms Davey's personal life, including looking into people she may have been in contact with on Facebook marketplace to sell items from her recently deceased mother's estate.

The 37-year-old, described as brilliant and passionate by those who knew her, was treated by her friends when she arrived at the emergency department on Thursday.

After working to stabilise her, colleagues and superiors sat with Ms Davey, stroking her hand as they waited for her family to arrive.

 

eague said. "You could tell today by the amount of tears that were shed for her.

"Our bosses even stayed with her late last night in ICU so she wouldn't be alone until her brother arrived.

"As a nurse you wouldn't want anyone else treating you. She knew exactly what she was doing and you never had to worry around her. She made all her patients feel safe and taken care of."

Police at the scene of a crime at Callistemon Court, Arundel. Picture: Jerad Williams
Police at the scene of a crime at Callistemon Court, Arundel. Picture: Jerad Williams

Just hours before she was found unconscious, Ms Davey was readying herself for a new adventure in north Queensland, packing her last possessions and selling others online.

She was set to start her job at Cairns hospital next week following the death of her mother, whom she had cared for and lived with over the years.

The witness said before the accident the emergency nurse appeared to have been packing her car because there was a television, printer and basket on the driveway beside her.

Just a few hours later a passer-by found her lying beside her car with "blood in her mouth and squinted eyes".

Police are continuing to investigate. Picture: Jerad Williams
Police are continuing to investigate. Picture: Jerad Williams

"She was very sick," said the witness who found her. "I tried to talk to her but she was unconscious.

"She was lying there alone. No one else was in the street."

Ms Davey's aunt, who arrived to check on the nurse's beloved dogs, said the situation made little sense.

"Her mum just passed away so she was packing up all her stuff," she said.

"She had no enemies that I know of. It's all very unexpected."

Ms Davey’s neighbour had spoken to her earlier on the day she died. Picture: Jerad Williams
Ms Davey’s neighbour had spoken to her earlier on the day she died. Picture: Jerad Williams

Neighbour Leone, who shared a duplex with Ms Davey, said she "only found out something had happened when the police knocked on my door".

"I'd only spoken to her earlier that day so I'm really surprised and concerned as well."

The Bulletin spoke to Ms Davey's Callistemon Court neighbours who said crime was

common in their neighbourhood.

The Bulletin understands the nurse was admitted with skull fractures and a brain bleed.

A statement from the university hospital said it was a difficult time for those that worked with her, "particularly those in our emergency department and intensive care unit, who are coming to terms with this news and who are providing medical care to their colleague".

Police are appealing for anyone driving along Olsen Ave late Thursday who may have recorded dashcam video footage to come forward.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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