Behind every mission is a story of family
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Keith was on his garage roof on a beautiful summer’s morning in Porthleven when he suddenly developed severe chest pains. With time critical, Cornwall Air Ambulance were requested. After landing at Porthleven Cricket Club, the crew and pilot got Keith to RCH in 7 minutes, where a medical team was on standby to provide further treatment. “I remember going in the helicopter and someone at the cricket club shouted ‘good luck mate’ that really stayed with me. I don’t think I’d have made it if I went by land ambulance. ”Keith's wife Sharon said: “The doctors at the hospital told me he had about 5 minutes to spare. I don't think the Cornwall Air Ambulance crew realise how special they are, they think it's just another job."
Thanks to your donations, Keith is here to see his granddaughter grow up.
A head-on crash near Liskeard left two-year old Talan with head injuries so severe that he spent two days fighting for his life in a coma. Mum Kelly tells how the Cornwall Air Ambulance helped keep her son alive. "His little head was hit so hard in the accident that his skull fractured across his forehead. After being flown to Derriford, the doctors told me that he would need to be transferred by the Cornwall Air Ambulance to Bristol for specialist treatment. They told me to say goodbye before he was put into the helicopter."
Miraculously Talan spent only five days in hospital before he was allowed home. "I'm so grateful to the Cornwall Air Ambulance for helping him that day and being so incredibly supportive. I can't thank them enough." You can give other children, like Talan, a future.
On a straight stretch of road Bob could see a car facing him waiting to turn right into a lay by. The car turned straight across him, hitting him hard. Bob said, “I came to and found myself lying in blood, surrounded by bike wreckage. I could see that my right leg was in entirely the wrong position, it was close to my shoulder.” Cornwall Air Ambulance was called and took just five minutes to reach the scene, landing in an adjacent field. The paramedics spent over an hour treating Bob on scene and it took just 15 minutes to deliver him to Plymouth. Steve says, “We knew that Bob was critically ill. We couldn’t predict the outcome for him but we did everything in our power to clinically improve his condition.” The impact from the car had shattered Bob’s femur, tibia and fibula. His right leg was amputated above the knee and he was placed in an induced coma. Just under a year later, Bob is about to undergo a further operation to his leg and is very much looking forward to making a speedy recovery.
Thomas joined Cornwall Air Ambulance last year. Since working in Cornwall, he’s responded to calls ranging from road traffic accidents to cardiac arrests and everything in between. During one memorable mission he was winched 200ft from a coast path into the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter with an injured patient. "There are times when I look out the window when we’re flying along and I’ll smile to myself because I just think this is amazing. You are in a moment’s notice going to the most serious call, to the sickest person in the county and the one’s they’re asking to help is you. You’re going into someone’s home, you’re walking into their lives at the worst time in theirs, sometimes you can’t make a difference, but you’ve tried and that’s a huge responsibility. That’s a really privileged position."
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Thomas Critical Care Paramedic