Monday, 3 November 2014

Schoolboy reunited with lifesavers

Photo 1: L-R: Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic Stu Plumbley and Harvey

Photo 2: L-R: Harvey Tagorti being presented with his birthday cake from Dr Davenport, Critical Care Paramedic Stu Plumbley and Pilot, Captain Dan Kitteridge

A Crawley schoolboy who was critically injured in a playground accident has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance team who helped save his life.

Harvey Tagorti, 8, was playing with his brother Dylan at a park in the town when a wooden beam fell on his head.

He was knocked unconscious and had to be put into an induced coma by the charity helicopter’s doctor and paramedic, to prevent further brain injury.

Harvey has since made a full recovery and yesterday met the air ambulance team for the first time since his accident in April.

He was given a tour of the helicopter at its Redhill base and was even allowed to sit in the cockpit of the MD902 Explorer which flies at speeds of up to 150mph.

The youngster was also presented with a cake after missing his birthday because he remained in a coma for eight days following his accident which happened two days before his eighth birthday.

Dr Matt Davenport said: “When we got to Harvey he was unconscious then he came round to what can best be described as being combative. He had a really severe head injury and he didn’t reply to any of his Mum’s questions or ours.”

Harvey’s mother Faye Hankin added: “I didn’t realise how serious it was. The paramedics seemed to think I stayed quite calm but I’m not sure if that was shock or because you just have to stay strong as a parent to help your child through this.”

Harvey was the first paediatric patient to be flown to St George’s Hospital in London following the opening of its new rooftop helipad.

Pilots Dan Kitteridge and Dan Vickers airlifted Harvey and Faye to the specialist Major Trauma Centre in just 12 minutes.

Captain Dan Kitteridge said: “If Harvey had gone to St George’s by road he would have been looking at about a 45-minute journey but we were able to land on the helipad with Harvey going straight down in an elevator to a CT scanner which was really important for his treatment.”

Following his accident, Harvey and his family raised more than £400 for the life-saving charity which relies almost entirely on donations.

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