Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Lawrence featured in TV medical documentary

Photo: Dr Neel Bhanderi

A pedestrian who was involved in a collision with a car after a night out in Eastbourne is to be featured in Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E  tomorrow (November 17th).

The Royal Television Society Award-winning documentary series continues from St George’s Hospital in London where it follows patients treated in a 24-hour period.

Filmed around the clock by 104 cameras at one of the world’s most advanced and busiest A&E departments, the series captures stories of life, love and loss unfolding every day.

Tomorrow’s episode tells the story of 26-year-old Lawrence who was rushed to St George’s after he was involved in a collision with a car while crossing Friday Street in Langney. He was thrown 15ft after “bull’s-eyeing” the car’s windscreen and was bleeding from his ears.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s doctor and paramedic attended by car and gave him emergency treatment at the roadside.

They put him in an induced coma before taking him by land ambulance to St George’s as his family were rushed by police to be by his bedside.

24 Hours in A&E shows him arriving at the specialist neurological unit where the charity helicopter’s doctor Kevin Fong listed Lawrence’s injuries and treatment at scene during the handover.

Consultant Neel Bhanderi is a former air ambulance doctor who was in charge of A&E at St George’s when the accident happened at 1am, in May.

He said: “’Bull’s-eyeing’ is where the patient’s head has gone into the windscreen. That is serious. You know they’ve potentially got very significant brain injuries that could kill them.”

* 24 Hours in A&E is on Channel 4 on Tuesday (November 17th) at 9pm and 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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