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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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Miracle baby - thanks to advanced skills & knowledge from Magpas Air Ambulance

Miracle baby - thanks to advanced skills & knowledge from Magpas Air Ambulance

In the early hours of Sunday 29th January, expectant mum Shona Fordham from Friday Bridge, went into labour and suffered serious complications. Shona says, “At first everything seemed fine, my waters broke and I started having contractions - then suddenly I just knew something was very wrong. I called out to my partner Jamie to dial 999 as soon as he could. I was hysterical, it was a total nightmare.”

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We gave Matt a second chance at living and he’s grabbed it with both hands!

We gave Matt a second chance at living and he’s grabbed it with both hands!

We always say Magpas Air Ambulance is about the people! Yes, we’re extremely proud of our leading trauma care heritage and training of over 45 years, but it’s the patients that matter the most.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
 
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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!

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Former patient David meets the Magpas Paramedic who helped to save his life

Former patient David meets the Magpas Paramedic who helped to save his life

The morning of August 9th in 2012 started off like any other day for David Johnson. He was in the car on his way to work, when he was suddenly involved in a road incident. His car left the road and collided with a tree, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

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Belated birthday gift for heart & seizure boy

Belated birthday gift for heart & seizure boy

Belated birthday gift for heart & seizure boy

When young Bradley Spanton from Sawtry suffered a life threatening seizure in the spring of this year, it was a horrific shock for him and his family. As if that wasn't enough to contend with, the seizure struck Bradley on 22nd April which was his eighth birthday. His family had planned a special birthday surprise for him, which ended up being a write-off with an emergency medical trip to Peterborough City Hospital instead.

Bradley, who has also been living with an artificial heart valve and a pace maker since he was a baby, is well aware of the limitations of having a heart condition and has learned to live as normal a life as possible. Unfortunately though, the seizure back in April didn't turn out to be a one off episode and Bradley has since been diagnosed with epilepsy. This recent news has really affected his confidence levels, with him being afraid to go outside at school playtime and he's started to question everything he does. However, his family and school have worked with Magpas to come up with a cunning plan so he could finally celebrate his birthday in style.

Back in April when young Bradley experienced his first epileptic episode in Sawtry, he needed specialist help there and then and so a Magpas Helimedix team was called out to him. The Doctor and Paramedic went on to provide Bradley with expert care before taking him to hospital by road (monitoring his condition all the way). When Bradley woke up in hospital later that day, he knew there was a big surprise lined up for his birthday (which was actually a pet rabbit). When Bradley came round to full consciousness, the first words he uttered were, "Was the helicopter my birthday surprise?". He was extremely disappointed he didn't get the chance to see inside the helicopter and kept mentioning this to his Dad Charlie and partner Zoe.

On the morning of Wednesday 10th June, Bradley was in the school classroom with his fellow 29 school mates (in the Picasso Class), when at 11am there was a surprise knock at the door courtesy of Magpas Dr Tom Odbert (who flew to Bradley in April). Tom introduced himself and invited Bradley for a VIP guided tour of the Magpas helicopter (along with a birthday cake, balloons, streamers and all the celebratory trimmings). Dad Charlie says, "we were so excited for Bradley, he had absolutely no idea this was going to happen. When Magpas Dr Tom appeared at the classroom door, Bradley's eyes lit up! The last few months have really knocked him for six, so today has really given him a brilliant boost of confidence".

Charlie went on to say, "As soon as Bradley saw the helicopter, he jumped in and loved every second of his belated birthday present. Meeting the Magpas specialist medics today and seeing how everything operates really brings home how they bring the trauma centre to a patient who's really sick. I'll never forget that day, when they just flew to Bradley and saved the situation - we're so, so grateful".

Joining the Magpas lottery is a simple way of helping us continue to save lives. Find out more here: http://www.magpas.org.uk/lottery/welcome-to-our-lottery

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Cookies Policy

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:

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We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:

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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.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

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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.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
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