A charity football match is to be held in aid of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance this weekend (June 17th) after a father was saved by the pilot, doctor and paramedic.
Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E charted Kevin Patching’s amazing recovery from severe brain damage, 10 broken ribs and a broken collarbone after falling from scaffolding in Meopham.
Dr Dan Roberts and critical care paramedic Chris Fudge anaesthetised Kevin and carried out chest surgery at the scene – skills usually performed in hospital – before flying him to a major trauma centre in London.
The father-of-four, from Wigmore, has made a good recovery following his accident in January and will kick off the match at 442 Sports and Social Club in Gillingham.
A team of amateurs will take on a Gillingham Legends team including Alan Poulton, Barry Ashby, Nick Southall, Adrian Pennock and Ron Hillyard.
The match has been organised by Kevin’s son Martin Brunker and kicks off at 1pm. There will also be a football memorabilia auction including Wales, Arsenal, Norwich and Gillingham shirts.
Kevin’s real-life survivor story was featured in the first episode of award-winning 24 hours in A&E based at King’s College Hospital where 91 cameras filmed round the clock, offering unprecedented access to one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments.
He said: “To still be here now makes me feel a bit like a Superman character because 99 out of 100 people wouldn’t be sitting here now. It’s just unbelievable really.
“They had to do major surgery to relieve the pressure on my brain so I’m incredibly lucky.”