On the 17th July 2012, just over a year ago, I was involved in a very serious motorcycle crash and had to be airlifted by the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. I was on my way home from work, travelling on my motorcycle, when suddenly I was involved in a head-on collision with an oncoming a car. Despite the heavy collision, I actually remember the crash and as I laid on the floor I knew instantly my leg was badly broken. Amazingly, given the predicament I was in, I couldn’t actually feel any real pain.
The first ambulance responder on scene was a paramedic who had arrived on his bike. I remember him asking if there was an ambulance on route, to which he replied there are no land responders available and that the Helimed had been scrambled and was on its way. It seemed to be only a few minutes later when I heard the helicopter (BOB) land nearby. The crew that came to my aid that day really helped to put my mind at ease and I felt assured that I was in good hands. I remember they removed my motorcycle clothing and applied a collar to support my neck. I then had a needle inserted into my hand and was then given some wonder drugs! Because of this I unfortunately don’t remember the helicopter flight or anything else from that day. The next thing I do remember is waking up in the John Radcliffe Hospital.
I was informed that my injuries were a lot worse than initially thought. I had sustained a broken tibia-fibia, a broken femur and a cracked rib. I had also broken my back and was suffering from internal bleeding - so it was a nasty accident! I spent 2 weeks in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, followed by a further 4 weeks on the hospital ward.
If it wasn’t for BOB, however, I would most certainly not be here today. My family and I are eternally grateful for what you amazing guys and girls do! When I was well enough, my family and I arranged to go and visit BOB at RAF Benson on the 29th May 2013 where we met Eleanor Green, the Charity’s Fundraising Manager for Oxfordshire, and the very crew members who came to my aid over a year ago! It was really good to visit BOB and the crew who saved my life - I was amazed at the lack of room inside the aircraft itself! I also took my wife, my two kids and my mum & dad to see the helicopter and meet the crew who do such a great job! I am truly thankful to the staff that helped to save my life that day. Thank you.