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Charlotte Abraham

29th Mar 2014

Back in 2014, on the morning of March 29, I was involved in a life-threatening accident on my way to work near Farnham in Surrey.

My car had hit a tree and I was trapped underneath the dashboard, needing intervention from the fire service to set me free. I had sustained very serious injuries to my legs and pelvis, I had injuries to my hands and I was losing a lot of blood.

The air ambulance was immediately dispatched to the scene, where the crew worked to prevent me from losing consciousness and avoid my blood pressure dropping further.

They administered blood there and then, requiring all of the supplies available on board the helicopter. I also had my bones tightly packaged and splinted before being airlifted to hospital.

I was flown to the Major Trauma Centre at The Royal London Hospital and in the aircraft I briefly regained consciousness.

It is unlikely, without the immediate intervention of the Air Ambulance team, that I would have even survived this journey. There is certainly no doubt that their speed of response and the treatment they gave me at the scene of the accident has had a dramatic impact on the quality of life I am now able to live.

I remained in hospital for three months, undergoing multiple operations before continuing my long recovery at home.

Once I was out of a wheelchair and off crutches, I met with Critical Care Paramedic Ben Macaulay and Doctor Neel Bhanderi, both of whom attended the scene of my accident. This meeting was integral to my recovery – it meant I was able to fill in the gaps in my memory of that day and also express my gratitude to the service and learn more about their incredible work.

I will be eternally grateful for Ben and Neel’s time, and the kindness and sensitivity they have shown me.

The more I learned about the Air Ambulance from them, the more I was blown away by the work the service does. I have since gone on to volunteer for AAKSS, giving talks, attending events and also helping raise money at my work.

During my time volunteering, I have met some really interesting people and it is safe to say this service has done more than just save my life – it has truly enriched it.

I never thought I would need the Air Ambulance but without them, my outcome would have been very different. Every day I feel so appreciative of the supporters that make it possible for this amazing service to exist.

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