Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Crash survivor in TV documentary

A biker airlifted to hospital after a crash at Warlingham is to be featured in award-winning Channel 4 medical documentary 24 Hours in A&E next week (July 24th).

Richard, 23, collided with a parked car and was catapulted through the air before hitting another vehicle and a lamp-post.

Paramedics at London Ambulance Service were first on the scene and called in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance due to the severity of his injuries.

Richard suffered a potentially life-threatening fractured pelvis and was given emergency treatment at the road-side by the helicopter’s doctor and critical care paramedic.

They carried out advanced medical procedures usually performed only in hospital before flying him to King’s College Hospital in London.

24 Hours in A&E shows him arriving at the major trauma centre where he is one of 2,500 road traffic collision victims every year.

Consultant Fleur listens intently to Richard’s catalogue of injuries before sending him off for a scan to determine the extent of his wounds.

She says: “Our job does change some of the decisions that we make in our lives because of how often we see the things that we see. I wouldn’t cycle a bike in London and I wouldn’t let my husband ride a motorbike.”

The scan reveals that Richard has suffered fractures to the sockets and ball joints of both hips – an injury which could have caused him to bleed to death.

More than 90 cameras filmed around the clock at King’s as part of 24 Hours in A&E, 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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