Photo: Harry Cooper, Paramedic Sloane Phillips, and Grant and Sarah Cooper
A biker who crashed while test riding a Harley Davidson has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance team who helped save his life.
Harry Cooper, 23, from New Eltham, was riding on the Swanley slip road leading onto the A20 at when he lost control of the 1,690cc machine.
He collided with a lamp post and suffered two broken legs, a potentially fatal fractured pelvis, a broken back, broken wrist and broken cheekbone.
The air ambulance landed on the slip road after it was closed by police and the charity helicopter’s doctor and paramedic gave Harry emergency treatment at the scene.
Harry was taken by land ambulance to the Major Trauma Centre at King’s College Hospital, accompanied by the air ambulance’s doctor and paramedic. He spent a week in intensive care and was finally returned home a month later.
He said: “I was working for Harley Davidson at the time and I’d just finished working on a bike which had been brought in for a service and many alterations.
“I took it out for a test ride and went on my longer test route because I’d done extensive work on it for a few weeks on and off.
“I remember going along the slip road and hitting something and the bike slid out from underneath me. The last thing I remember was sliding along the floor and then waking up in hospital and people telling me what had happened.”
Keen biker Harry had gained his racing licence just a month before the crash last April and is riding again on track and road, and now works as a motorcycle breakdown technician.
Harry and parents Grant and Sarah recently visited the air ambulance base at Marden to thank Pilot Kevin Goddard and Paramedic Sloane Phillips for helping to save his life.
Harry is now planning to raise funds for the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public donations.
· Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is one of the official Charity Partners for this year’s Brighton Marathon and 10k. Anyone interested in running on behalf of the charity is urged to call 01622 833833.