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Local lifesaving Charity shortlisted for Pride of Britain Award

The Magpas Air Ambulance about to embark on another lifesaving mission

If you were to meet 35 year old Adam Shailer, from near Peterborough, you'd think he was just like any other dad of two; with a great sense of humour and an impressive 'can do' attitude. However, if you were told he is doing incredibly well after genuinely being as close to death as you can get, you might start to see him in a very different light!

In August 2016, Adam was riding his motorbike to work when it collided with a car. He fell off at high speed, was run over by the car and was left fighting for his life. Magpas Air Ambulance Doctor Andy Lindsay and Critical Care Paramedic Dan Read landed at the scene. Dr Andy remembers Adam asking if he was going to make it and he replied "you are categorically not going to die". However, Adam's condition quickly deteriorated. He fell unconscious, his heart rate was only 20 beats per minute and his blood pressure plummeted.

In the accident, Adam suffered 18 broken ribs, a broken sternum, air in chest cavity, bruising and bleeding around his lungs, a lacerated liver and kidney, squashed bowel in 2x places, his pelvis was broken into 29 pieces - in what's called an 'open book' pelvic fracture, his ureter was nearly disconnected and one of his knees was completely broken.

In order to save Adam's life there and then, the Magpas medical team provided Adam with hospital-level care at the scene. They gave him lifesaving drugs and performed surgical procedures at the roadside before getting him into a land ambulance and monitoring his condition all the way to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Magpas Paramedic Dan sums Adam's situation up by saying; "Adam is the most sick person I have ever treated who has survived".

Adam has since made an incredible recovery and was even out of hospital in time to spend Christmas with his family. Recognising Andy and Dan's lifesaving actions that day and the impact they've made on Adam and his loved ones, they were shortlisted as finalists for the ITV This Morning Emergency Services category in the Pride of Britain Awards. After hearing the news Adam explained, "I'm ecstatic that Dan and Andy have been recognised for the incredible work they do. These two individuals not only saved my life and brought specialist care to me when I needed it most, but they helped me to put the pieces together afterwards as well. They took time out of their busy lives to follow up on my case and meet me once I was out of hospital. My pelvis was in 29 pieces but my mind was in thousands and they helped me a lot after the accident, as well as during. I'm amazed that these two guys are finalists and they are worthy winners in my eyes - but it's not all about me and they are part of a much larger team who all save lives day in, day out. This recognition is for the whole Magpas Air Ambulance team. They're all just humans at the end of the day, humans who do incredible things."

Adam: From his incident, to recovery, to meeting the team that saved his life
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Bassingbourn mum expresses heartfelt thanks to her helicopter heroes

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March man’s close call with crowbar

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Fun, foam and inflatables - An inspirational former patient takes on Magpas Air Ambulance's biggest event yet!

Brandon and his mum, Kate
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“I never thought I’d do it again!” - Newmarket woman takes on 2nd London Marathon for the charity that helped her walk again

Cat with the Magpas Air Ambulance & medical team
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Meet the motorcyclist who defied death thanks to roadside surgery from Magpas Air Ambulance

Charity Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Andy Lindsay with Adam and Magpas Paramedic Dan Read
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Magpas Air Ambulance not only saved my life - they gave me the chance to live the way I wanted to

Chris with his partner Hannah and new baby daughter
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Magpas former patient Josh Bright wins Outstanding Young Person award!

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Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

PHOTO CAPTION: Rebecca meets Magpas Dr Rupert Hurry for the first time since the balloon crash on 22nd May 2016

When 22 year old Rebecca Fry (who was living in Norwich at the time) took off in a hot air balloon on a beautiful summers morning in May last year, she felt exhilarated and ready to take in the stunning Northamptonshire scenery on high. The last thing Rebecca expected was the horrific, agonising and life-threatening incident that awaited her.

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Surviving sister's brave lifesaving legacy

Surviving sister's brave lifesaving legacy

PHOTO CAPTION: Louise Cade and Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Andy Lindsay talk about road safety at The Duke of Bedford School assembly

It was around 3:30pm on 21st January 1994; Louise Cade and her sister Sally Cade and were coming home on the School bus, on what felt like just another normal school day. At the time, the family were living just outside Thorney near Peterborough. Six year old Sally and eight year old Louise got off the bus and waited for it to pull away.

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Cookies Policy

Cookies Policy

Last updated: October 24, 2017

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Cookies Policy

Last updated: October 24, 2017

Magpas Air Ambulance ("us", "we", or "our") uses cookies on the https://www.magpas.org.uk/ website (the "Service"). By using the Service, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies

Cookies are small pieces of text sent to your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.

Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

How Magpas Air Ambulance uses cookies

When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

We use cookies for the following purposes:
  • To enable certain functions of the Service
  • To provide analytics
We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:
  • Essential cookies. We may use essential cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts.
  • Analytics cookies. We may use analytics cookies to track information how the Service is used so that we can make improvements. We may also use analytics cookies to test new advertisements, pages, features or new functionality of the Service to see how our users react to them.

Third-party cookies

In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on.

What are your choices regarding cookies

If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

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