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Bedfordshire boy reunited with ‘amazing’ lifesavers after serious road traffic incident

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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.”

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Peter is from Wisbech, this is his story

Peter is from Wisbech, this is his story

One morning, my wife Ruth and I went into town to do some shopping and came back home. I was watching TV when suddenly I went into cardiac arrest.

Thankfully, Ruth acted really quickly and dialled 999. She gave me CPR until the Emergency Services arrived. Magpas Air Ambulance were also called out to me. They provided me with advanced life support and enhanced, hospital level care. They put me in a medically induced coma to stabilise my condition, before taking me to hospital.

I can't remember much about that day, but Ruth says she'll never forget it! She says, "With the Magpas team there, I felt totally reassured that Peter would be ok. It could be a life or death situation without Magpas, they do one hell of a job!".

Since 1st October 2015, Magpas now provides its lifesaving service 24/7. We are the first service of its kind to be doing this in the Eastern Region. Please support us here, your donations save lives: http://www.magpas.org.uk/worldpay

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Winston is from Peterborough, this is his story

Winston is from Peterborough, this is his story

I almost died, after a car collided with my motorbike in Peterborough, through no fault of my own.

Magpas were called out to me, because my injuries were life threatening and I needed specialist A&E care as soon as possible. The Magpas team anaesthetised me and put me in a medically induced coma to reduce the impact of my injuries.

My son Darnell was there when the incident happened. He says, "It was truly amazing to watch Magpas saving my Dad's life". My wife Eleanor points out, "If it wasn't for Magpas, Winston wouldn't be here today and that's a fact. Until something happens to you, you don't realise how important it is to support the crucial, charity funded service Magpas provides by helicopter and by BMW".

Since 1st October 2015, Magpas now provides its lifesaving service 24/7. We are the first service of its kind to be doing this in the Eastern Region. Please support us here, your donations save lives: http://www.magpas.org.uk/worldpay

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John is from Essex, this is his story

John is from Essex, this is his story
My wife Catherine and I had gone to babysit for our grandson. It had been just a normal day, we’d gone to feed the ducks with him and had got back to the house.
I was sat down when Catherine brought me a coffee and suddenly, out of the blue, I went into cardiac arrest. A friend gave me CPR and then Magpas arrived. They gave me advanced life support and anaesthetised me. In other words, they brought specialist care to me to help save my life.
We were really shocked to find out that Magpas is a charity. We’d urge people to support Magpas Air Ambulance because like us, you never know what’s round the corner. We are so, so thankful - I can’t begin to explain!
Since 1st October 2015, Magpas now provides its lifesaving service 24/7. We are the first service of its kind to be doing this in the Eastern Region. Please support us here, your donations save lives: http://www.magpas.org.uk/worldpay
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Adam & co cycle Holbeach to Huntingdon!

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On Saturday 26th September, former Magpas patient Adam Brooker and twelve of his friends and family cycled from Adam’s home in Holbeach, all the way to the Magpas Fundraising HQ in Huntingdon, pedalling 50 miles in total!

 Adam, 23, was involved in a serious road traffic incident near Peterborough last year, when his car collided with a lorry, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle and suffering from serious life-threatening injuries. Magpas Doctor Sarah Hazleman and Paramedic Steve Chambers flew to Adam in the Magpas Air Ambulance to help safely get him out of his car. The Magpas team then anaesthetised Adam, putting him into a medically induced coma there and then, before flying him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Adam organised the cycle to raise money for Magpas and help the charity continue to provide lifesaving care by land and air. Each mission in the Magpas Air Ambulance costs roughly £600, so Adam set his fundraising target as £1200, as a way of paying the charity back for flying out to the scene of his accident, and then flying him on to hospital. 

Adam and the group have since managed to beat their fundraising target by raising a phenomenal £5,250.57 for Magpas Air Ambulance! The cycle team came up in mass to visit the operations base and hand over the cheque.

Adam explained, “Today, 9 months after the accident, I am well on my way to making a full recovery. I honestly believe that without the immediate critical care I was given by the Magpas team, I would not be as well as I am today. I was amazed to learn that Magpas is a charity that receives no government funding. Everyone should support Magpas, you never know when you might need them. I am so grateful they were there for me that day.”

Debbie Florence, Head of Fundraising at Magpas, said, “It was a very proud moment on Saturday to see Adam and the group pulling into the Fundraising HQ on their bikes. It was wonderful to meet Adam’s friends and family who have been so supportive of him since his accident. We are really grateful to Adam for raising this money for us, donations like his means we can continue to provide our crucial service, and save more lives like Adam’s.”

If you’d like to organise a fundraising challenge for Magpas then please call our Fundraising Team on 01480 371060 (Option 2), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

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