Some examples of the incredible people we’ve been able to help

With over 17,000 missions, you can imagine that there are a lot of stories to tell about who we’ve helped and airlifted to hospital. We are all aware and understand that not everyone is comfortable retelling their stories, but here’s a few of those brave and generous people who have allowed us to share theirs.

If you would like to share your story with us, to help us raise further awareness and gain more support,we’d love to hear from you. Please email mystory@ambucopter.org.uk or write to Karen Jobling, LNAACT House, Bentley Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, LN4 2QW.

Mark – Road Cycle Incident

Mark was involved in a very serious accident near Grantham in September 2015. He was knocked off his cycle and suffered multiple injuries to his head and body.

Within 12 minutes of being called to the incident, our Ambucopter crew were at Mark’s side. They attended to his many injuries and using their extended skills stabilised and sedated him to protect his head and airway.

A year later Mark is still recovering from his traumatic brain injury but is a determined man. He spends his weekdays in a hospital, getting stronger everyday and is back home at weekends.

One of our volunteers recently met Mark at an airshow our charity attended. Mark expressed a wish to meet the crew who saved his life and the charity is hoping to arrange something for him soon. All the charity and crew wish him all the very best in his recovery. 

Sara – Road Traffic Collision

“I was involved in a RTC on my way to work in July 2016 travelling on the B1398. I only remember bits of the accident and what happened afterwards, but I do remember Simon was the doctor (colleagues called him ‘Si’) and Jane attended to me at the roadside. I remember being in extreme pain and struggling to breathe. I was very upset when my trousers were being cut off me (Jane comforted me). I started shivering and Jane said she would cover me up.

“I remember being reassured by Simon’s voice (can’t remember what he said!). Of course, the accident has been very traumatic, but my guardian angel was looking out for me – I have significant cuts and bruises but nothing was broken and there are no life-changing injuries. The proficiency and expertise of LNAA inherently saved my life by immediately rushing me to Hull Hospital.

“Please may you thank each and every person who helped on the day. I am forever grateful. I work as a community pharmacist and in my career my patients  have told me that I have positively impacted their lives. The shoe is now on the other foot – there are no words to express my gratitude and appreciation for LNAA. I will be making regular monthly donations – please keep up the  excellent work!”

Best wishes, Sara

Debra – Double Lung Transplant Transfer

“In October 2015 I was quickly flown by the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance from Kings Mill Hospital, Nottinghamshire to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. I was flown for a double lung transplant – 2 ticks off my bucket list in one day!

“Thank you so much Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, I’m doing really well thanks to my new lungs!”

Debra

Tony Hoare – Motorcycle Racing Incident

Tony had a motorcycle crash at Cadwell Park. Travelling at 100 mph, the rider behind him had nowhere to go except his ribcage (Tony’s words!). Tony was left with serious shoulder and chest injuries and suspected head injuries. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance took him to Hull Royal Infirmary. Upon meeting the crew who airlifted him, Tony said: “It’s the everyday situations in which I find myself most grateful for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

“I met a fantastic, dedicated and knowledgeable team who made me feel honoured to have been one of their passengers.”

The Hagyard Family – Road Traffic Collision

The Hagyard family was involved in a car collision near Grimsby. Adam was 5 years old at the time of the incident and was airlifted to hospital in just 6 minutes. The family has raised over £6,500 for the charity since their encounter.

Fiona Curtis – Horse Riding Accident

Fiona was crushed under a horse at a village show near Lincoln, breaking her pelvis in four places. “As I lay on the ground, I knew I needed help fast. The Air Ambulance paramedics were able to attend and administer the life saving treatment I needed”.

George Bellars – Road Traffic Collision

At the age of 8, George and his mum Joanne were in a car accident in Spalding. The car slipped on some ice and ended up in a drain. George was 12 miles from the nearest hospital and wasn’t responding to resuscitation at the scene. He was turning blue and would have died but for the prompt attendance of the Ambucopter. Now aged 16, he’s worked tirelessly to raise thousands for the service. His charity skydive raised £1,700 alone.

Mark Swinson – Motorcycle Incident

Mark was in a serious motorbike accident. In 2014 he was able to walk well enough to attend a fun day to meet and thank the crew in person.

Valerie Creswell – Remote Fall

Whilst walking on the beach, a dog ran into Valerie, knocking her over and breaking her leg. She was airlifted to hospital and later visited the base to thank the crew with chocolates and flowers!

Jo MortonRoad Traffic Collision

The Ambucopter crew gave Jo Morton emergency treatment after she was involved in a head-on crash on the A156 at Fenton in 2010. Jo was travelling with husband Bob in their MGB GT when they rounded a corner and collided head-on with another car.

She was flown to hospital, as her injuries were so severe. She broke both eye sockets, her nose, and her back in the three places, and also suffered broken ribs, a shattered pelvis, a broken right arm, open fractures to both legs, and a partially severed kidney.

In 2015 Jo was reunited with her Ambucopter paramedic heroes, Roger Linnell and John Whalen during a charity fun day held by us at Wollaton Park. She handed over a cheque for £1,000! Jo says: “It was an emotional day but I tried to compose myself – those two men saved my life. I can’t remember much from the accident but I know that they saved me.

“I thanked them for putting plasters on my bruises, and Roger said it was amazing to see me alive and doing well – I have a two-year-old daughter, Grace, now too – they weren’t expecting me to live through it so I feel very lucky. It’s only through physio that I’ve been able to walk again – I’m still in pain but I’m alive.”

Gillian Domleo – Medical Trauma

Gillian loved the outdoors and especially her camping trips with her family and friends. It was while camping at Tattershall Lakes, Lincolnshire on 23 October 2014 that Gillian suddenly became ill and the paramedics called in the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to transport her back to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Gillian never regained consciousness and her life ended in the early hours of 24 October. Gillian was a very active person who wasn’t ill or suffered with any medical condition. Gillian had suffered a brain haemorrhage that could not be treated.

Because of the fast response of the Air Ambulance, her family and friends would like to give something back to try and help others that need the services of this organisation. During Gillian’s funeral, a staggering £1,325 was raised and handed over to the fundraising team of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Gillian was the life and soul of any party, event, day trip or school fare and she lived each day to the full. Her husband Tony is very similar and is now organising an annual 50 Mile Bike ride to raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. For more information on the event this September 2015 visit: www.justgiving.com/T-Domleo

Justina Bailey – Horse Riding Accident

Justina wrote to us to say:

“I was crushed by my horse who panicked, reared up and fell over on top of me. I remember the frantic phone calls to the emergency services from people at the scene who realised how serious my injuries were. The First Response Paramedics came, but all they could do was stabilise me as best they could and wait for the Air Ambulance, as they knew how serious my injuries were and the ground ambulance couldn’t get through.

“A great group of people looked after me until the helicopter arrived. By this stage I’d had a chest decompression to relieve the pressure on my left lung, but the pain in my body was immense. Yes, I was still awake. The Air Ambulance Doctor and Paramedics were very calming and we were quickly on our way to Queen’s Medical Centre. Minutes later we arrived and I was transferred to a ground ambulance to take me to Resuscitation in A&E, from where I was taken almost immediately to surgery. I was saved by a group of amazing people from start to finish.

“It turned out I had internal bleeding from a split liver and spleen, had fractured my pelvis, left clavicle, all my left ribs and had a collapsed left lung!

“To say thank you to this fantastic Charity, my friend Louise and I set about raising as much money as we could at a Fundraising Open Day at our village Tennis Club. Loads of people turned up to support us and enjoy the day, and we raised an amazing £1000.28 for the Air Ambulance. We know that the money will be used to save another life, just as it did mine.

“I would ask any person who walks past a collection box for this amazing life-saving Charity to stop, think and donate. It could be you, your friend or family who need them next. I owe them my life.”

Quotes from BBC Radio Lincoln Show

“Joy” from Brant Broughton

I was a witness at a fatal road accident that the air ambulance attended and the staff were absolutely fantastic. I would like to say thank you to some of the team who then helped me to deal with the trauma of witnessing it.

“Lesley” from Trusthorpe

I was involved in a car collision on the A16 near Spilsby in 2008. I was air lifted by Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to Boston Pilgrim Hospital within 8 minutes. I have met the crew, the pilot was George and the paramedic was Ted; lovely guys and a very emotional visit to them and the helicopter! They were amazed to see me, although in wheelchair. I am still in recovery now and have to have regular hospital visits.

“Maria”

My sister had a bad car accident on the Louth bypass about 16 years ago, she had to be cut out by the fire service then flown by Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance quickly to Lincoln hospital. She broke both elbows, her hip and her leg had been trapped. The surgeons took 6 hours to operate on her, afterwards she suffered a stroke. She was 39 years old. To see her now she looks fine but does have health problems. She was in hospital for 3 months but had months and months of physiotherapy.

She is so thankful to the fast action and expertise of the paramedics. A lives doctor wasn’t there so the paramedics sorted her out. She wouldn’t have coped with the journey in an ambulance.

A great big thank you from her and us, her family, to this wonderful organisation. Lincolnshire needs this service as the county is so large and when a person is in pain or worse they need someone to be there as fast as possible.

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Steve – Road Traffic Collision

I was in a car that hit a tree in October 2013 where thankfully the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance attended. Fortunately for me it was a miracle the helicopter even attended as the 999 call came in around 6pm in a time night flights were uncommon.
I’m still battling with my injuries but cannot thank the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance team enough for giving me a second chance in life. There no doubt in my mind if I hadn’t made it to Coventry hospital as quick as we did I might not have made it. I’d love to be involved with charity events in the future and will soon in the future thank the team personally.

Carla-Marie – Fall

My brother fell nearly 30ft off a ladder at work, broke his back and compressed his spinal cord. After 2 major operations and a lot of hard work and determination on his part he has made a full recovery and has been back at work for a while. Myself and the rest of my family will always be grateful for what you do and for getting him to QMC quickly. Thank you xx

Helen – Horse Riding Accident

You came to my aid on the 12th October when I had a riding accident at Thoresby Hall. I was lucky to only break my collarbone as I came off at speed but unfortunately after 8 weeks it showed no signs of healing. I then had to have surgery to plate it. It’s still not fully healed but I am out of my sling and going back to work on Wednesday.
My memory of your crew will always be how professional and caring they were. It’s scary laying on the ground in pain but they couldn’t have made me feel calmer. Thank you so much.

Russell – Road Traffic Collision

My son was a passenger in a Land Rover Defender that flipped back in March. The driver tragically died at the scene. You airlifted my son to the Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham. His injuries were a broken leg above and below the knee, a smashed kneecap, all his ribs down his left side, a fractured pelvis, fractured shoulder and quite a few cuts and grazes. He is making a good recovery and is currently in rehab at Headley Court as he is in the Army. He can walk without a stick and has just started to run on the treadmill. Iwould like to thank you and the staff at Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham for every thing you did for him. Forever in your debt. Thanks guys.

Sandy – Motorcycle Incident

Our son Blake was airlifted to QMC 14/09/13 after falling off his R6 and hitting an amaco barrier at Sleaford A17 (bone mill junction). He sustained an open compound fracture to his femur plus tib and fib fractures below knee and above ankle (5 breaks in total). They managed to save his leg after 8 and a half hours of surgery with 2 x fasciotomies to his inner and outer call with a rod in femur and in tibia. He then had 2 further surgeries in the 5 days to follow before being discharged home on day 7. He has had 2 more surgeries since, the last one was 19/12/14 to remove the nail from the tibia and to plate it coz one of the breaks wouldn’t heal. Next op will be to repair Acl and pcl. It’s been much longer than we all thought really.  Had you not done your part of getting him there asap we know he wouldn’t of had his right leg. We as a family are grateful to what you have done for us and many other people too. Keep up the good work. Xxx

Natalie – Fall

You helped me after a fall in the woods and I suffered a fractured skull; but better now.

Andrea – Road Traffic Collision

On 23rd February 2005 you were called to an RTA involving my husband. He was driving an NCC gritter which was involved in a head on collision with an HGV. He survived for 4 days but on the 5th day he sadly died from his injuries. Thank you so much for helping him as he would not have made it for his best friend to say goodbye to him. He never regained consciousness at all. Xx

Vanessa – Fall

In 1996 my 3 year old niece was airlifted from Pilgrim to QMC with a fractured skull. She had surgery to release the pressure round her brain and was in a medically induced coma for several days. Thankfully she made a full recovery, the “golden hour” definitely saved her life.
Yes, it was a long time ago but just wanted to say a public thank you, had the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance not been there for her it might have been a different story x

Thomas – Motorcycle Incident

You saved mine and my dad’s life June 5th 2013 when we where involved in a serious motor bike crash.  We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.  Words cant say how much we respect the people who fly the helicopter and treat the patients.

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