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An incredible chain of survival

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Photo Caption (from left to right):

Photo 1: Magpas Helimedix anesthetising Helen at the scene of the incident, whilst working alongside the Emergency Services.

Photo 2: Helen in her hospital bed seven weeks after the accident

Photo 3: Front row: RAF Flight Lieutenant Chris Pearson with Magpas Helimedix former patient Helen McMenamin-Smith and Alan Chapman

Back row: Magpas Helimedix Doctor Wayne Kark, Helen's husband John McMenamin-Smith and daughter Alyxandra McMenamin-Smith

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Meet Maddy from Bedfordshire

Meet Maddy from Bedfordshire

ITV Anglia interviewing Maddy

Maddy suffered severe abdominal injuries when she was eight years old, when she was impaled on some railings, whilst out playing with some friends.

Magpas Helimedix, Doctor Anne Booth and Critical Care Paramedic Gary, flew to her and gave her the A&E citical care she needed.

She has now fully recovered and her family can't thank Magpas enough.

Maddy's mum says, "Maddy is a healthy little girl who's growing up fast! Thank you so, so much for being there Magpas Helimedix".

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Moira is from Cambridgeshire, this is her story

Moira is from Cambridgeshire, this is her story

Moira was seriously injured whilst out riding her horse.

She explains, "I don't know what spooked my horse, but he shot sideways very quickly and I landed on my right knee and felt it go into my pelvis".

Moira goes on to say, "Magpas Helimedix, Doctor Fiona Bowles and Paramedic Simon Standen, came and gave me the advanced treatment I needed for the excruciating pain I was in".

She sums everything up by saying, "They were inbelievable that day, I can't say enough good things about what they do. I am also most impressed that many of the team give their own time to working with Magpas, because of the high level training they are given by the charity".

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Meet Brandon and his family

Meet Brandon and his family

This is Brandon Gravett and his family when they met the Magpas Helimedix team who saved his life. 11-year-old Brandon had just finished his first day at school. He got off the bus in Papworth in Cambridgeshire, when he was involved in an a collision with a second bus, leaving him with life-threatening head injuries. 

Magpas Helimedix Doctor Simon Lewis and Magpas Helimedix Paramedic Dan Read flew to the scene of the incident and provided Brandon with crucial A&E level care, before accompanying him to Addenrooke's Hospital in a land ambulance (monitoring his condition all the way).

Brandon is making a steady recovery thanks to the support of those close. His mother Kate recently got in contact with us and said, "Brandon has just been given a letter of congratulations for his hard work at school! Thank you Magpas for saving our son's life xxx".

The pupils at Brandon's school have also since kindly raised £5,000 of Magpas! We'd like to say a big thank you for all their support.

 

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Stephen is from Luton, this is his story

Stephen is from Luton, this is his story

Stephen suffered horrific injuries to his lower body, when he was involved in a serious incident whilst he was out on his motorbike, near Toddington in Bedfordshire. 

Magpas Helimedix provided him with critical A&E level care by the roadside. 

Stephen says, "You can't beat the service that Magpas provides. With many expert docotors and paramedics volunteering their time and being given specialist training to save people like me - it's incredible!"

He adds, "And to think I almost died if it wasn't for them".

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Listening can be an absolute lifesaver!

Listening can be an absolute lifesaver!

Listening can be an absolute lifesaver!

Ruth Armstrong and Luis Navarro from Cambridgeshire desperately wanted to meet Magpas Dr Ali Tompkins, after she and her fellow Magpas Helimedix Paramedic flew to their seriously sick little boy Zac. He suffered a life-threatening seizure, which left him fighting for breath, on 28th June last year.

Both parents say how inspiring Magpas Dr Ali was that day, especially in the way she went about treating Zac. Ruth and Luis believe Ali gave them a whole new insight into how they could cope with his condition. Zac's mother Ruth says, "I remember that day so clearly, when Ali and her Helimedix team landed in a near-by field to help Zac. Ali really listened to everything I had to say about Zac". Ruth goes on to say, "Dr Ali explained, step by step, exactly what she was doing whilst she treated my son and why". 

Zac, who is now five years old, suffers from a rare form of epilepsy which causes acute breathing problems. He experienced his first seizure at two years old. The subsequent seizures became more and more frequent and sadly, so did the emergency missions and resuscitations that followed. In fact, these serious episodes became so consistent, Zac started suffering seizures on a monthly basis, meaning he was in and out of hospital for the whole of last year - which was terrifying for him and his family.

As a result of Magpas Dr Ali's approach at little Zac's incident, Ruth has adapted the way she deals with Zac's condition with not only to his hypersensitivity to drugs, but to the food he eats too. By cutting out processed sugars and processed grains from his diet, Zach hasn't been back to the Hospital Emergency Department since the end of last year! The whole family believes unequivocally that we are what we eat, whether we suffer from a health condition or not. Ruth says, "It's really important to think about the food we give our children as well as ourselves. I will remember Ali for the rest of my life".

Dad Luis has also been trying to encourage a healthy eating attitude amongst his customers who eat at his restaurant called Nanna Mexico. Everything on the Cambridge based restaurant menu, is made from fresh and is preservative free. Luis and his family are so grateful to Magpas for what Ali and the Helimedix team did for Zac, customers will be invited to eat free of charge at the opening of his new eatery, in the Petty Cury, on 17th July. Clients will subsequently be asked to donate how much they feel the meal is worth, in order help raise funds for the lifesaving charity.

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Olivia is from Norfolk, this is her story

Olivia is from Norfolk, this is her story

I was riding my horse one sunny afternoon when it collapsed, fell on top of me and trapped me. I suffered a serious head injury and had a seizure.

When the Magpas Helimedix team arrived by helicopter I was unconscious. They gave me crucial A&E level care to protect my brain and control my breathing. They continued to treat me, whilst I was flown to hospital.

I wouldn'be alive today if it wasn't for Magpas Helimedix. I feel humbled by the incredible work they do.

I will be forever grateful to Magpas for saving me.

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Matt's story

Matt's story

I kissed my girlfriend goodbye, got on my motorbike and said I'd be back in 10 minutes.

Less than a mile down the road, a car pulled out and didn't see me. My bike smashed into the car and I flew 120ft over the top of my bike and landed in the middle of the road.

I don't remember the Magpas team arriving, but I know  wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the Helimedix speedy lifesaving response. I was literally injured from the very top of my head to the tips of my toes.

One day I hope to give something back to Magpas as they gave me back my life.

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Kanta is from Norwich

Kanta is from Norwich

She suffered life-threatening head and body injuries in a major road traffic collision.

She says, "If it wasn't for Magpas, I might not be here today. I am so grateful for what the charity did, I owe my life to them".

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Jason nearly died on the A1 near Peterborough

Jason nearly died on the A1 near Peterborough

The car he was travelling in left the road, skidded, rolled three times and landed in a nearby field. Magpas Helimedix flew to Jason and provided him with essential
emergency medical care before airlifting him to hospital.

Jason says, "Magpas has given me a second chance at living! I can't thank them enough".

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