Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Survivors featured in TV medical documentary

Photo: Cora arriving at St George’s Hospital

A couple from Camberley who were involved in a serious road traffic collision are to be featured on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E next week (April 1st).

The Royal Television Society award-winning documentary series continues from St George’s Hospital in London which has 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 and next week’s episode focuses on patients and families who try to look to the future rather than dwelling on the past.

Cora Ward, 62, was a passenger in a car being driven by her husband Rae when they were involved in a collision with another car on the A281 between Guildford and Horsham.

She was trapped in the vehicle for more than an hour and had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s doctor and paramedic.

24 Hours in A&E shows Cora arriving at St George’s where she was sent for a CT scan amid fears she had multiple fractures.

Rae, 65, was taken by land ambulance to the Major Trauma Centre with suspected serious head, neck and internal injuries following the collision last June.

St George’s registrar Sarah said: “With any big trauma there’s a level of heightened anxiety and emotion but if you’ve got two patients from the same accident and the same family, that probably goes up even more.”

As she waited for news, Rae’s mother Audrey talked about his twin Rodney who was knocked over by a car while working in the road.

She said: “When they told me Rae had hit his head, I’m afraid I just broke down because that’s what killed my other son.”

* 24 Hours in A&E is on Channel 4 on Wednesday (April 1st) 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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