Helen George was involved in a severe car crash with a speeding driver, causing life-threatening injuries to her and her father Harry. Helen was trapped inside her vehicle for 45 minutes by her legs and suffered a catalogue of horrifying injuries to both legs and her right arm.
“Because of the severity of my injuries, it was vital that I got to hospital as quickly as possible,” said Helen. “It normally takes two hours from where we live in Pendeen to get to Derriford Hospital; I got there in 20 minutes.
After weeks in hospital, Helen has been recuperating at home with the help of family and daily carers. Her father, Harry, was also seriously hurt; he suffered a head injury, causing a series of mini strokes, leaving a weakness to his left eye. He also suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and had half of his bowel removed.
Helen was told to expect a 70 per cent recovery over two years, most of which she would be in a wheelchair. She also faced further surgery on her arm and foot last month.
A year on from the incident, Helen is defying all odds and is walking aided by crutches.
“They literally saved my life; I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the air ambulance. I am so grateful for everything they did for me.”
And Helen was able to say her thanks in person when she was invited to attend the Cornwall Air Ambulance 30th anniversary celebration. She met Critical Care Paramedic Jeremy Griffiths, who helped rescue her.
“Jeremy came to visit me when I was in intensive care,” added Helen. “I remember seeing him there and he said to me ‘you’re looking better than when I last saw you’!
“When I saw him, I had flashbacks to being in the ambulance, I haven’t flown anywhere before, so I was actually quite excited to be in the air ambulance and was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t sit up and look around.”
Even though she still has a way to go on the road to recovery, Helen wants to do her part in supporting Cornwall Air Ambulance.
“We had a family raffle at Christmas which raised £60 and my mother-in-law raised another £60 through a pub quiz,” said Helen. “I am hoping to raise a lot more money yet. We are planning to hold a fundraising event at a local pub.
“There is no price I can pay for what Cornwall Air Ambulance has done for me.”