Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tree fall survivor's skydive for Air Ambulance

A tree surgeon who survived a 40ft fall from a cherry picker has jumped out of an aeroplane in a skydive to raise funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance that helped saved his life.

Father-of-two Trevor McBean was monitoring power lines on the A21 at Lamberhurst when the elevated platform he was working on tipped over.

The sub-contractor was sent crashing through a clump of trees which luckily broke his fall but he still suffered a fractured skull and broken wrist.

Trevor, from Staplehurst, was taken to a specialist London hospital following the accident in August but has since made a good recovery.

To celebrate his 39th birthday on Friday (May 29th), he and friend Derek Dobie jumped out of an aeroplane at 12,000ft in a skydive at Headcorn Airfield, and raised £1,680 for the charity helicopter.

He said: “Because I have no memory of the fall at work, it gave me the confidence to do the skydive. If I had remembered it, then I might not have done it.”

Paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) were first on scene to treat Mr McBean before the Air Ambulance arrived.

The helicopter’s doctor, Steph Tilston, helped sedate Trevor before taking him to King’s College Hospital in London where scans showed he had potentially fatal bleeding on the brain.

He remained in hospital for three weeks before he was allowed to return home and in March he was reunited with Dr Tilston for the first time since his accident when he visited the nearby helicopter base at Marden.

Trevor can still be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/Trevor-McBean where donations include £1,000 from Brockwells Forestry where he works.

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