“I’m not an emergency services member however members of my family and friends are so thought I would share my story!
On the 24th of June 2016 around 22:30 my family and I were involved in an accident down near Kent, after driving down from Chester, my car, a land rover discovery, decided to have a disagreement with its rear nearside wheel, the two decided to part ways much to the dismay of myself and my 6 passengers.
We left the carriageway doing around 60mph and after clipping a motorway lighting base the car flipped taking out a section of fencing.
The car came to rest after rolling the wrong side of a fence on its wheels luckily enough, my first instinct was to turn my hazard lights on, little did I realise I didn’t have any lights left! In the adrenaline of the moment I managed to get my door open then fall out the car into a huge bush of nettles!
My children (2 daughters aged 6, 5 and my son who was 5 months were all screaming, I managed to find my phone and call 999 in an attempt to get services enroute, my brother in law who was in the middle row was quick to draw my attention to my 5 year old who I could now see had blood coming out of her face, we managed to get the family out of the car and onto the hard shoulder, a couple of cars stopped, a lot were more than happy to plow through the debris that was scattered across the lanes.
The police turned up first, really quickly to be fair, I’d say within 4 mins of my calling. With the officers being absolute gentleman, couldn’t do enough to help! The ambulance turned up a couple of minutes later.
My partner and 5 year old were sat in a dominos pizza delivery car (one of a couple of gents who stopped) at this point to keep warm the ambulance crew took a minute to look over Halle before deciding she needed to get to hospital quickly. Myself and Halle took the first ambulance, just as we were about to leave the police officer returned my wallet to me that he had found in the carnage.
We had blues and twos most of the way to kings hospital in London, where instantly Halle was surrounded my a handful of medical professionals! My partner and two other children along with my brother in law and his partner all got taken to a local hospital for a once over! The 2nd ambulance crew transporting my 5 month old son even stopped and bought baby milk as the milk we had in the car had exploded. The police officers transported my partner and 6 year old.
My 5 year old Halle spent just over a week in kings hospital after having an operation to repair her intestine, the paramedics noticed her stomach injury within 30 seconds of starting her assessment and determined how serious it potentially was.
Anyone who says the Emergency services don’t work or the NHS is broken should probably spend a day following a case from ambulance to discharge to see what’s involved.
Also I mentioned the 2nd ambulance stopping to buy milk for my son, the copper rang me up the following day to check how Halle was, the hospital staff found somewhere for me and my partner to stay while down there all this to me is going well above and beyond the call of duty! I’m sure there is loads I’ve missed but it was a while ago so please forgive me!”
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