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Bethany Ward

02nd Jan 2015

Standing on the grass verge by the hard shoulder of the motorway, I watched as recovery workers tended to my broken down vehicle. I was tired and cold but at least I thought I was out of harm’s way.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, I heard a deafening crash. As I turned to see what had happened, I faced the horrifying sight of a car hurtling towards me at high speed. I tried to move but just didn’t have time. The car hit me and the force of the impact threw me 30 feet into the air against a tree, knocking me unconscious.

I came around sometime later, realising that the Air Ambulance had been dispatched because of the severity of my injuries. The crew assessed me, sedated me and administered pain relief. They quickly determined that I had sustained severe pelvic injuries, and they knew they had to act fast to avoid further complications as pelvic injuries can cause massive internal bleeding and have devastating consequences.

Thanks to the expertise of the doctor and paramedic, they were able to manipulate my hip back into its socket – a procedure that is normally only carried out in hospital. To reduce further damage, they then secured my pelvis with a splint to keep it as still as possible.

Having effectively given me A&E care at the scene, the air ambulance then airlifted me to King’s College Hospital’s major trauma centre, where I received specialist treatment by dedicated pelvic surgeons. The journey in the helicopter took a fraction of the time it would have taken by road and the smooth flight meant I was at less risk of suffering internal bleeding.

To me, it still feels like a miracle that I survived such a horrific accident but I am alive, back at work, and have since got engaged. Thanks to the treatment I received at the roadside and the swift journey to hospital, I defied the odds.

When I think back to how I felt watching that car coming towards me, I really did believe that my life was over. I couldn’t imagine how I would survive or recover from my injuries. This amazing charity has allowed me a future, something I so easily could have lost that day.

I will never be able to thank the crew enough for what they did for me, but I realise I also need to thank the people whose kind donations mean they can continue their life-saving work and give others, like me, a future.

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