10th Feb 2020
In 2010, I fell 35ft to the ground during a simulated parachute landing, my world changed and I had no idea my life would soon be in the hands of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex.
I suffered serious, life-changing injuries; not only had I badly broken my right arm but I also broke my back in two places, was left paralysed from the waist down and had a badly broken ankle. The injuries to my right leg were so severe they ultimately resulted in my leg being amputated below the knee.
After my accident, the air ambulance crew were with me within nine minutes of being dispatched. When they arrived they worked to stabilise my condition and, because of the specialist skills of the medical team, including Doctor Amy Hughes, they were able to administer extremely strong painkillers that I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to receive until reaching hospital. I was awake for the whole flight to Royal London Hospital and felt reassured to have the Doctor and Paramedic at my side throughout. I spent a month there whilst my injuries were managed before being transferred to The Stoke Mandeville Hospital for rehabilitation in the spinal injuries unit.
It’s impossible to say whether or not I would have survived without the air ambulance’s help, but I do think it’s incredibly likely they saved my life that day. It is because of them I am able to spend the future with my partner and three gorgeous children – something I will be forever grateful for.
I have had a lot of time to think about what matters the most, and how wonderful it is that Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex exists.
10th Feb 2020
I’ve always been an active sportsman and prior to my accident I was a keen rock climber and outdoor instructor. Thanks to the care and support I received from the air ambulance and rehabilitation teams, I was able to recover and go on to be invited to join the GB paraclimbing team and now compete internationally.
I have had a lot of time to think about what matters the most, and how wonderful it is that Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex exists. It simply would not be possible for the charity to operate without your support, and without you, thousands of people like me wouldn’t be here today.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I really wanted to take the opportunity to share with you the difference your support makes to people’s lives on a daily basis. You might also be surprised to know that one day of missions costs the air ambulance £38,740 and 89% of their funds comes from people just like you.
Thank you once again for supporting this amazing charity and for keeping the air ambulance flying high.