A boy who was seriously injured after being crushed between two cars has had the chance to meet some of his life-savers.
Josh Bright (11), suffered multiple broken bones, and has had to undergo a number of operations to straighten the growth of his legs.
The incident, which happened last year in Tavistock Street, Bedford, was a dark day for him and his family.
But after a long journey to recovery, Josh has since been reunited with the ambulance staff at Kempston ambulance station, and also with the Magpas Air Ambulance Paramedic, who treated him.
Speaking of the incident, dad Nick said: “We decided to treat Josh to an Indian meal that night; we had finished and were waiting to cross the road to our car when a car hit Josh. It all happened so fast it was hard to process what had happened at the time. Luckily people in the restaurant called 999 immediately.”
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received a call at 9.46pm and sent multiple resources including the Emergency Care Practitioner Lyn Munden, and Senior Paramedic Russell Dilley who arrived on scene in five and a half minutes, shortly followed by the Magpas specialist medical team.
Josh was treated at the scene by the ambulance service, before Magpas Doctor Nick Scott and Paramedic Keir Rutherford arrived and sedated Josh, providing him with specialist A&E care there and then. Josh was then taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and he has since gone on to live like a normal boy, according to dad Nick. He said: “I’m so happy he is able to run around like kids his age should. That wouldn’t be the case if it wasn’t for the speed and care Josh received from EEAST and Magpas. It was so reassuring to have the highly trained Magpas team there; I’d hate to think what would have happened to Josh without the advanced treatment Magpas provided him with at the scene. All the emergency services were amazing and we are all very grateful for that.”
Lyn said it was much nicer to meet Josh again under different circumstances. She added: “He probably doesn’t remember me from that day but it’s nice to know that he has made such a strong recovery, he is a lovely boy.”
Magpas Paramedic Keir Rutherford said, “It was a pleasure to see Josh and his family again. I'm glad to see that he is recovering well from the serious injuries he sustained. Josh is a great example of how a regional trauma network, from timely pre hospital critical care through to ongoing rehabilitation, can make a massive difference to patients suffering major trauma in the East of England.”