Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Survivor featured in TV medical documentary

Photo: Air ambulance patient Alan Evans arriving at St George’s Hospital

A rail worker airlifted by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after he was struck by a train at 90mph, is to be featured on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E next week (January 21st)

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.

Next week’s episode tells the story of 61-year-old Network Rail worker Alan Evans from Gossops Green who was hit by a train as he worked on the tracks at Redhill.

More than 20 emergency service personnel spent two hours rescuing him from the top of a steep embankment.

He was treated at the trackside by the Redhill-based air ambulance’s doctor and paramedic before being stretchered out under the train and flown by the charity helicopter to St George’s.

24 Hours in A&E shows Alan arriving at the Major Trauma Centre where a CT scan reveals that he has suffered multiple fractures and loss of blood flow to his right arm.

Without circulation he could have lost his arm and the medical team tried everything to save it including complicated emergency surgery.

As Alan’s son waited at the hospital for news, he talked about how he and his father became closer after his mother’s death.

St George’s Team Leader Daryl said: “People hit by trains generally don’t get to us because that’s never going to end well.

“If you’re hit by a car it’s bad enough, if you’re hit by a bus that’s another thing. But hit by a train? You might as well have a plane land on top of you. The chances of you surviving that are very, very rare.”

24 Hours in A&E is on Channel 4 on Wednesday (January 21st) at 9pm. If you would like to find out more about the Air Ambulance or make a donation, please visit

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