Monday, 8 April 2013

Crash survivor in TV documentary

Photo: The scene of Kevin Williams’ crash on the A21 at Sevenoaks, courtesy of Sevenoaks Chronicle

A lorry driver rescued by Kent Air Ambulance after a crash at Sevenoaks is to be featured in award-winning Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in A&E next week (Wednesday, April 17th).

Kevin Williams, 55, was driving along the A21 bypass when his articulated lorry suddenly jack-knifed, trapping him in the vehicle.                                                                                                                                                           

Land paramedics at the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) were first on scene and called in the helicopter.

Kevin suffered multiple injuries and was given emergency treatment at the road-side by the doctor and paramedic who carried out an advanced medical procedure usually performed only in hospital.

He was then flown to King’s College Hospital in London in just 12 minutes – a journey that would have taken more than an hour by road.

Channel 4’s 24 hours in A&E shows Kevin arriving in the resuscitation area of the major trauma centre following the accident in February, 2012, while his wife Janet waits anxiously for news.

The 20-part documentary series used more than 90 cameras to film around the clock at King’s, offering unprecedented access to one of Britain’s busiest accident and emergency departments.

The hospital is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma.

24 Hours in A&E is on every Wednesday at 9pm and won a Royal Television Society Award last year.

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