Monday, 25 March 2013

Survivor's helicopter rescue on TV

A vintage motorcyclist whose life was saved by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after a crash at Mersham is to be featured on BBC1’s Real Rescues next week (April 4th).

John Punnett, 75, was on his way to the annual Romney March Classic Motorcycle Show when he was involved in a head-on collision with a caravan on the sharp bend of a country road.

The former Hawkinge parish councillor suffered multiple injuries and was given emergency treatment at the road-side by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

Dr Tasha Newton and critical care paramedic Mick Carter carried out advanced medical procedures usually performed only in hospital.

After landing in a nearby field, Pilot Kevin Goddard flew John to the Royal London Hospital in just 20 minutes – a journey that would have taken more than an hour by road.

He was unconscious for 24 hours and spent five weeks at the specialist trauma centre where doctors said his injuries were so severe he came close to losing his leg.

He underwent a number of operations to re-build his shattered limbs but is now out of a wheelchair and has made a good recovery following the accident in July, 2011.

BBC1’s Real Rescues highlights the daily work of the emergency services and John’s story is to be shown next Thursday (April 4th) at 11.30am and repeated at 7am the following day on BBC 2.

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