Monday, 5 January 2015

Schoolboy featured in TV medical documentary

Photo 1: Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance arriving at St George’s Hospital with patient Will Watson on board

A schoolboy airlifted by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after a baseball accident is to be featured in Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E on Wednesday (January 7th)

The Royal Television Society Award-winning documentary series continues from its new home at St George’s Hospital in London – one of Britain’s most advanced and busiest A&E departments.

Filmed around the clock by 104 cameras, the series captures dramatic and emotional stories of love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS.

This week’s episode tells the story of 13-year-old Sevenoaks School pupil Will Watson who was knocked unconscious after colliding with a fellow pupil during a game of baseball. 

The air ambulance landed at the High Street school and the charity helicopter’s doctor and paramedic were concerned that he may have sustained serious internal head injuries.

They flew him and his mother Vicki to a specialist neurological unit at St George’s Hospital in London in just 11 minutes – a journey that could have taken more than half an hour by road.

Vicki said:  “Will’s school had been trying to get hold of us to tell us to get to the school quickly. They put him into the helicopter and he was tied down to the stretcher. You feel that it must be a lot more serious than a normal sporting injury.”

While they awaited the results of a CT scan to reveal the extent of Will’s injuries, the medical team were concerned that he had not spoken since the incident and tried to get him to talk.

Will has since made a full recovery following the accident in June.

* 24 Hours in A&E  is on Channel 4 on Wednesday (January 7th) at 9pm. If you would like to find out more about the Air Ambulance or make a donation, please visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk

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