In 2019, Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked to 172 road traffic collisions across the county. Harry Maywood was one of those patients helped by the crew following a serious collision near Pelynt on 5 September.
The teenager suffered a life-threatening head injury in the incident on the B3359. He was treated by critical care paramedics on scene and transferred to Derriford Hospital, where he spent more than eight weeks.
Bryan Maywood, Harry’s father, said doctors have been amazed by his recovery.
“We just had to take each day at a time. We are so grateful to have Harry here.”
Bryan is one of the organisers of the Looe 10 Miler race, which takes place in February and will raise money for the air ambulance.
He said: “When I had meetings with the charity about the run and we came in to present a cheque last year- we never thought just six months later we would benefit from the service. No one knows when they might need it, that is why it’s so important that we support it. It really does save lives.”