Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Teenager reunited with life-saver

Photo 1, L-R: Fiona, Ben and Kevin Wagstaffe pictured at the Air Ambulance base

Photo 2: L-R: Air Ambulance Clinical Manager Richard Decoverly, Kevin and Southeastern colleagues Yvonne Willis and Dominic Trice.

An Ashford teenager has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic who helped save his life.

Ben Wagstaffe, 16, was on his way to his first work placement when he was involved in a collision with a car on Beaver Lane.

He had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic before being flown to a London major trauma centre.

He spent 10 days at King’s College Hospital before he was allowed home and is making a full recovery after being re-admitted for follow-up surgery last month.

Ben recently visited the helicopter base at Marden with his parents Kevin and Fiona to meet critical care paramedic Jez Loseby for the first time since the collision in April.

He said: “It was great to have the opportunity to visit the Air Ambulance team to say thanks for being there when I needed help.

“It was especially nice to meet and thank Jez who treated me at the scene and flew with me to King’s.”

Ben’s father Kevin works as Senior Operations Inspector for Southeastern where staff this year nominated the Air Ambulance as one of two charities supported by the train company and raised £1,904 for the charity helicopter.

He said: “I think most of us breeze through life assuming that accidents happen only to other people and are therefore un-prepared for the deep feelings of despair and anxiety when a member of our own family is injured.

“There are no words to express the overwhelming debt of gratitude we feel towards everyone in the Air Ambulance team without whose help the outcome for Ben could have been so very different.”

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