Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Survivor reunited with lifesavers

Photo 1: Dr Simon Wood, Christine and Thomas Covey, and critical care paramedic David Wright

A  young lady from a farming family has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance crew who helped save her life, after raising more than £5,000 to the charity.

Christine Covey, 22, sustained multiple injuries when the Land Rover she was a passenger in was involved in a collision with a lorry just yards from her home in Alfold.

She was thrown out of the vehicle and suffered a potentially fatal fractured pelvis,  broken hips, a collapsed lung and broken shoulder.

The mother-of-one spent a month in hospital and underwent several operations but has since made a good recovery.

Christine held a masquerade ball for the air ambulance and raised a grand total of £5,600 which she presented to the doctor and paramedic who helped save her life.

She said: “Ever since I was a kid I wanted a masquerade ball for my 21st birthday but I spent it in hospital so it kind of went out of the window.

“But when I came out I wanted to do something for the air ambulance to say thank you. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have made it to hospital.”

Christine had been delivering logs when the collision happened as she returned home in November, 2013. She had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by the air ambulance’s doctor, Simon Wood, and critical care paramedic David Wright.

She was taken to the Major Trauma Centre at St George’s Hospital in London where she spent almost a month in intensive care and was put on a life support machine. She also needed several operations on her pelvis.

She said: “The last thing I can remember before the accident was calling the electric gate to our drive, the driver shouting, looking up and then seeing a head light.

“Afterwards, I remember being in a lot of pain but I was quite adamant that I’d just broken my leg and was trying to get up because I was in the road and thought I was going to get run over.

“A lot of my broken bones were around my arteries so if I wasn’t sedated I probably wouldn’t have made it.”

The ball was held in September at The Three Compasses and there was also a raffle and auction with prizes including Top Gear tickets and even alpacas and piglets.

Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised by Christine, her family and friends will fund two potentially life-saving missions.

Christine is still undergoing physiotherapy and awaiting hip replacements but bravely cast aside her crutches as she visited the air ambulance base at Redhill. 

Paramedic David Wright, now an Operational Clinical Lead, said: “It is always rewarding for us when we are able to meet a patient we have treated.

“We see patients in very different circumstances by the roadside, so to hear from Christine about her recovery and to see her looking so well was wonderful.”

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