Monday, 13 August 2012

Paramedic nominated for 999 Award

A Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic has been nominated for a 999 Award at a ceremony to be shown this Thursday (August 16th) on BBC One.

Critical care paramedic Stuart Plumbley, from Caterham, was on duty when the charity helicopter was called to a stablegroom trampled by two horses in a freak accident at Chiddingfold.

Lottie Taylor, 24, was leading the animals back into their stables when they suddenly bolted after being spooked.

She suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and the worst chest flail injury Air Ambulance doctor Geoff Healy had seen in seven years of practice.

He and critical care paramedic Stuart anaesthetised Lottie and carried out chest surgery at the scene – skills usually only performed in hospital.

Pilot, Captain Pete Driver then flew her to the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital in London.

Lottie, from Buckland, has since made a full recovery and was filmed at the stables where she works as part of BBC’s 999 Awards in which Stuart is to receive an honourable mention.

For the first time on television, the programme honours the outstanding and tireless work of Britain’s emergency services.

The show is to be hosted by Kirsty Young and Lenny Henry at BBC Television Centre and will see a host of celebrity names pay tribute to heroic acts.

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