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Eurocoper 135

Patient Stories

Some of our patients have kindly sent us their stories and have asked us to print them for you to read ...

A Thank You from Tring Lakes!

One minute you are out walking happily with your wife, along the path we are very familiar with, next thing I remember is being on board your Air Ambulance soaking wet and very confused. We all realise accidents happen, but it's always someone else! - what a fine balance between happiness/contentment and trauma.
As I have explained to everyone concerned, initially, the response from the general public was outstanding, in particular the first guy on the scene, along with a first aider and many other people that assisted at that crucial time keeping me warm until your people arrived.
Being aware of the area, I must congratulate the pilot for his skill and ability to land his craft in such difficult terrain. Without a doubt the professionalism of him and the rest of the paramedic team saved my life!

The one thing that I am now aware of is....... your reliance on public funding, in order to provide this very important and crucial service. With this mind, I certainly will arrange along with my solicitor to amend my Will, in order to make a significant donation to your valuable service. 

Once again many thanks (seems inadequate in some way).

Les and Ann

My four year old daughter ...

My four year old daughter was admitted to Milton Keynes hospital very poorly with fluid on her lungs and had to be transferred to John Radcliffe.  The air ambulance was called in to help.

I was very upset as I could not go wth her as there wasn't enough space, you didn't have your new ambulance then.  My little girl looked so small wrapped up on the stretcher, but the crew and medical staff were very sympathetic to my distress and looked after her with such wonderful care and attention.

When we arrived at the hospital in our car we saw the crew and they took the time to talk to us and to tell us that our little girl was fine and safe in the ward, playing with a glove one of the crew had blown up to entertain her.

My daughter remembers something of the day, but was not frightened by her experience, which for a poorly little girl, separated from her parents, going on a helicopter with three 'strange men' is quite impressive.  We would like to say a big thank you to the air ambulance for the care they took of our little girl who was only four years old at the time.

Mrs R
Milton Keynes 

Beware of the pressure hose!

"Having cut the grass with my golf course size mower, I thought I would clean it up with the pressure hose.  When finished I stood alongside the mower, on reflection I must have directed the pressure jet on the reverse pedal and as a result ended up on the yard with the machine on my leg which caused multiple breaks to the bones in my lower leg.  Being some distance from the house, may calls went unheard until finally by chance my wife came outside.

The 999 call was made and wthin a short space of time the Air Ambulance arrived and transported me to hospital.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, my journey was a blur because of the morphine administered to help with the pain.

Time has passed, recovery has been good and I can once again cut the grass, but this time I ALWAYS carry a mobile phone!  I owe a great deal of gratitude to the Air Ambulance and crew for looking after me and my speedy transport to the hospital."


Drivers - Always look out for Motorcyclists

"One  sunny afternoon my husband I decided to go out for a ride on our motorcycles.  After a while the occasion arose for me to overtake.  I performed my checks and started to overtake but as I became level with the car the right hand indicator came on and the car pulled out and collided with me.

The next thing I remember was lying in a ditch.  I drifted in and out of consciousness and each time I opened my eyes there were different people around me.   One lady had stopped and was holding a towel to stop the bleeding - thank you whoever you are - then the land ambulance arrived.  Realising the extent of my injuries the air ambulance was called which thankfully arrived within minutes.

Whilst on board the Doctor kept talking to me the whole time.  He repeatedly asked me my name, telling me to stay with him.  Soon we arrived at the hospital and he talked me through the landing where I was whisked off to theatre.  I was asked to sign a consent form in case they had to amputate my leg.

The next day I regained consciousness after a seven hour operation, thankfully with my leg still attached.  I asked what had happened to me - several breaks above and below the knee, broken collar bone and jaw, just for starters.  I had also lost over 6 pints of blood. 

To everyone's surpise I left hospital after just one month, improving with sheer guts and determination.  I still have problems and need to attend clinic, I also have to use a walking stick, but to most people I am a walking miracle.

If it had not been for the paramedics and Doctor and the speed in which the Air Ambulance transported me to hospital, I certainly would have lost my leg and I am sure I might not have been here today to tell my story."

Mrs S


"You carried my wife safely to another hospital when she needed to have an emergency operation.

Thank you so much, and thank you to the paramedics who made my wife feel safe."

Mr T


A Mother's Story

"First day of half term - a lay in - not for my son, he woke screaming from the pain in his head.  I rushed him to Wexham Park Hospital, where immediately Doctors checked him for meningitis and sent him for a CT scan.  This showed that he was in fact having a brain haemorrhage and the bleed was over two lobes of his brain.

Speed was of the essence.  The Air Ambulance was called to transfer him to the Neuro Department at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.  Upon its arrival he was so safely and very carefully loaded into the helicopter along with all the extra equipment.

The journey took 11 minutes, by road it would have taken at least 45 minutes assuming there would be no traffic.  When he arrived a team of Neurosurgeons were ready for him.   The speed and efficiency of the medical team and the air ambulance has enabled my son to make a full recovery.

My family and I must express our deepest gratitude and thanks to all that helped, but a special mention to those wonderful and caring people in the air ambulance.

Mrs WE