Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Injured cyclist, 81, in TV medical documentary

An 81-year-old cyclist who was hit by a car in Tadworth is to be featured on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E next week (February 3rd).

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.

Next week’s episode focuses on patients for whom age is just a number and tells the story of Bill, 81, who was involved in a collision with car while crossing the road.

Bill, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and leg injuries after he “bullseyed” the windscreen.

Redhill-based Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance was called and arrived within 21 minutes, landing in a nearby cricket field.

Bill was treated at the roadside by the charity helicopter’s doctor and paramedic before being taken to St George’s by land ambulance, accompanied by the helicopter’s medics.

24 Hours in A&E shows him arriving at the regional Major Trauma Hospital where doctors were concerned about his head injury.

Bill’s wife of 50 years was recovering from a stroke at the time of the accident and was worried about him cycling.

She said: “I do wish he would wear a helmet. His friend Frank swore to me that he would convince him he ought to wear one.

“He loves his bike and he thinks he’s good at it. I do worry about him, but he’s never stopped me doing anything that I wanted to do.”

Bill and Betty’s eldest son Billy was knocked over and killed by a car on the very same road Bill had his accident last May.

He said: “I was upset that someone as gifted as Billy, who could have been so useful to the world, was snuffed out just like that.”

24 Hours in A&E is on Channel 4 on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 9pm.

·         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.

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