Monday, 8 April 2013

Craig's tattoo salute to life-savers

A former British grasstrack champion who survived a racing crash thanks to Kent Air Ambulance has had a tattoo of the helicopter done in tribute to the medics who saved his life.

Craig Drury, 19, suffered multiple injuries after he was catapulted from his 250cc machine in the last race of the day at Collier Street. He suffered a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a torn spleen, broken ribs, three fractured vertebrae and a broken leg and collarbone.

The Air Ambulance doctor and critical care paramedic gave Craig emergency treatment at the track-side and carried out an advanced medical procedure usually performed only in hospital.

They then flew him to the Royal London Hospital where he underwent an emergency blood transfusion and spent 12 days in intensive care following the crash in September, 2011.

Craig has since made a full recovery and has now had a tattoo of Kent Air Ambulance inked on his back by Life Family Tattoo in Sevenoaks where he lives.

He said: “I had it done because I wanted a permanent reminder that the pilot, doctor and paramedic saved my life, and to publicise the charity.

“I’ve already got six tattoos but this one runs from shoulder to shoulder and took three-and-a-half hours to do. It looks amazing.”

Craig visited the helicopter base at Marden to show paramedic Chris Fudge his tattoo and video footage of the crash for the first time.

Chris said: "Obviously we’re just so happy that Craig has done so well. To be as sick as he was at the scene, it’s amazing that he has made this type of recovery.”

In February, the Air Ambulance launched a blood transfusion service so that the doctors and paramedics can now carry out the procedure at scene rather than later on in hospital.

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