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Birthday spent with lifesaving doctor

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Knee Injury Leg Injuries Road Traffic Accidents 

After Benjamin Haughton, a 16-year-old cyclist, collided with a Land Rover in July, he has since celebrated his birthday with the doctor who helped save his life. Benjamin Haughton had been running an errand for his Mother when the accident occurred, and had to be immediately airlifted to hospital. Dr Simon Lewis, a volunteer with Magpas Helimedix Service, assisted after finding Mr Haughton on top of the vehicle with “life-threatening injuries”.

Originally from Hartest near Bury St Edmunds, Mr Haughton was flown directly to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he received immediate treatment. After the accident, Benjamin had to undergo two major operations as he had fractured his kneecap and had sustained a very severe wound on his leg.

‘Say thank you properly’

Benjamin was reunited with the air ambulance medics on his sixteenth birthday for the first time since recovering from the accident. He said he was “excited” to see Dr Lewis and paramedic Adam Carr at the helicopter’s base in Cambridgeshire, and was happy that he managed to “say thank you properly”.

When Benjamin was lifted from the top of the car, medical staff had to assess him, provide him with painkillers and then sedate him. Health workers that volunteer for this medical emergency charity are trained to perform procedures that would normally only be given to staff working in emergency departments.

His mother, Ann, said: “Without Magpas being there, the outcome could have been quite different.

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