A teenager saved by Surrey Air Ambulance’s doctor and paramedic after a cycling accident is to join a fundraising bike ride in aid of the life-saving charity this summer.
Joe Wilson, 16, from Ripley, was crossing Newark Lane when he collided with a car on the final day of his GCSE exams last June.
The George Abbot School pupil suffered a serious head injury and fractured collarbone and was given first aid by a passing GP before the helicopter crew arrived.
Dr John O’Neill and critical care paramedic David Wright stabilised Joe at the roadside and gave him an emergency anaesthetic - a skill usually performed in hospital.
Joe spent five weeks at the specialist major trauma centre at St George’s Hospital in London before he was eventually allowed home and has since made a good recovery.
Now he and his father Chris are gearing up for the Air Ambulance’s Double 100 Bike Challenge on June 10th, and Joe has already cycled 25kms in preparation for the ride.
Joe said: “This bike ride means a lot to me as it will raise awareness and funds for the Air Ambulance.
Without the helicopter’s rapid help and response, I may not be here today.”
Chris added: “The prompt arrival of the Air Ambulance team and the rapid treatment they gave Joe at the roadside saved his life. The hospital told us that without the treatment they provided, he probably wouldn't have pulled through.
“I owe the air ambulance a great debt of gratitude and if Joe and me can complete some of the bike ride to raise awareness and raise some money, then it's the least we can do.”
More than 80 riders joined last year’s inaugural Double 100 and organizers are aiming to at least double the number of entries in 2012.
The ride will start and finish at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Dunsfold Park near Guildford – home of BBC’s Top Gear.
Cyclists will set off on either a 100-mile or 100km route which takes in all four counties covered by the Air Ambulance. All entrants must pay a registration fee of £25 and a minimum sponsorship will be required.
To register go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/FundRaising/Double100Registration or for more information call Corinne Hitching on 07784 229717.