Photo 1: Critical Care Paramedic Chris Fudge, Joe Addison and Dr Neal Durge.
A motocross rider has stunned the Kent Air Ambulance medics who flew him to hospital by walking un-aided less than four months after suffering limb-threatening injuries.
Joe Addison was about to mount a 30ft ski jump when a loose wire caused the engine of his 250cc machine to cut out.
The 32-year-old was forced to bale out and broke both his legs as he crashed to the ground at the racetrack in Iden near Rye.
Land paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) were first on scene and called in the helicopter which arrived within just 10 minutes.
Dr Neal Durge and critical care paramedic Jez Loseby administered strong painkillers and sedated Joe at the track-side.
They also re-set his fractured right femur and broken left ankle before airlifting him to the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital in London in just 15 minutes.
He spent three weeks at the specialist hospital before he was allowed back home in Sittingbourne and is still off work but expected to make a full recovery.
Earlier this month, he visited the helicopter base at Marden to thank the crew and present a cheque for £500 to the charity which relies almost entirely on donations.
He said: “It was brilliant to see the guys who helped me. They were amazing on the day, they really were. Hats off to them and I really cannot thank them enough.
“When I first saw them and stood up to shake their hands they were gobsmacked. They said they were expecting me to be in a wheelchair. They couldn’t believe I wasn’t even walking with crutches.”
Kent Air Ambulance’s doctor and paramedic can carry out advanced medical procedures at the scene of an accident or medical emergency, giving patients the best chance and quality of survival.
Dr Durge said: “It was good to see Joe because we rarely see the outcome of what we do. The last time we saw him he was clearly in a lot of pain.
“He was very grateful and even more so because the doctors at King’s told him our intervention had made a significant difference to his recovery which has been incredibly quick.”
Joe had finished an impressive fourth out of a field of about 40 riders in the first race and was lying second in his club championship at the time of his crash in August.
Despite missing the last three rounds, he still finished fourth in the championship and will be presented with his trophy at a ceremony in Camber Sands on December 3rd.
He added: “If the accident had been caused by rider error I may have considered quitting but because it was the bike I can’t just stop doing something I love.
“Everyone thinks I’m crazy after the injuries I’ve suffered but I can’t stop. Motocross is like a disease.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to Kent Air Ambulance Trust and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ