Magpas News and Stories

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Maddy's Story

Bedfordshire based Maddy was eight years old when she was impaled on some railings whilst playing with friends. Maddy suffered severe abdominal injuries and urgently needed the specialist skills of the Magpas Air Ambulance medics. The enhanced doctor and paramedic team provided Maddy with advanced pain relief at the scene, before airlifting her to hospital.

Maddy has made a full recovery and is now a happy, confident, 16 year old and a perfect example of the critical difference our charity can make. Maddy said, "I couldn't be more grateful for everything Magpas Air Ambulance did for me and I want to do everything I can to help the charity's amazing cause." 

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Overcoming Adversity - Helen writes a book in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance!

Helen with her new book - Overcoming Adversity
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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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Magpas Air Ambulance is a Registered Charity Number 1119279. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 6062176. Registered office at Centenary House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PE.
Registered Charity No. 1119279

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