Watching TV hospital show helped officers save dad’s life

Anwar Iqbal who lost a leg in an RTC in Cambridge. At home at Gladstone Street, Peterborough.

Anwar Iqbal who lost a leg in an RTC in Cambridge. At home at Gladstone Street, Peterborough.

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A dad of six whose life was saved by two quick thinking police officers has said he ‘doesn’t have enough words’ to pay thanks to the duo.

Anwar Ahmed, of Gladstone Street, Peterborough, was given a 50 per cent chance of survival after being hit by a car and left in a pool of blood with life threatening injuries in Newmarket Road, Cambridge, in May last year.

Anwar Iqbal who lost a leg in an RTC in Cambridge. At home at Gladstone Street, Peterborough pictured with his family - Liba (7), Daanyaal (10), Sufyaan (13) and Fizan (18).

Anwar Iqbal who lost a leg in an RTC in Cambridge. At home at Gladstone Street, Peterborough pictured with his family - Liba (7), Daanyaal (10), Sufyaan (13) and Fizan (18).

The femoral artery in his right leg was severed, and he suffered a large wound to his back and side, leaving some of his internal organs exposed.

But luckily for him quick thinking PC Andy Gardiner and special constable Thomas Guy provided vital first aid - some of the techniques picked up after watching medical dramas including Grey’s Anatomy - and the 45-year-old survived the horror crash.

Mr Ahmed needed hours of surgery in hospital, and as a result of his injuries, he lost his right leg, and was in the hospital for four and a half months, and was in intensive care for eight weeks.

The two police officers have been given Royal Humane Society certificates of commendation for their work, and Mr Ahmed, who was working as a delivery driver, paid tribute to the heroes. Mr Ahmed, who has six children aged between seven and 20, said: “I was working as a delivery man, standing at the back of my van, when all of a sudden I was on the floor. The car had hit me from behind.

“I just blacked out for a couple of minutes. A shopkeeper came to see me, and asked for my phone number to call my wife. I couldn’t get up.

“I was told that it was 50/50 on whether I would survive or not in Addenbrooke’s.

“I had to stay in the hospital for four and a half months, and have been to Peterborough City Hospital a number of times since then.

“It has been difficult for all of us. My wife was coming to visit me every day in hospital, and she had to get a taxi from Peterborough to Cambridge,

“I keep getting pancreatitis, and have been back to hospital four times. I nearly passed away, and was in intensive care. I have only been back home less than a week.

“The doctors have been amazing, and have done an incredible job. I can’t thank the officers who came to help me enough. Without them I would not be here. I haven’t got enough words to say thank you to them.”

PC Gardiner (28) and special constable Guy were the first two emergency services workers on the scene, having been on shift since 10pm the previous night, with one hour left on duty. Special constable Guy kept the delivery driver awake, while PC Gardiner managed to stem the bleeding.

PC Gardiner said: “It was the end of my late shift, and heard there was a crash where a man had suffered a broken leg. I was the only officer available, and I grabbed Tom as I went. He had only had a few shifts, and I had been on the front line for about a year.

“When we got there Mr Ahmed was in a pool of blood. He was conscious and talking to us. He was bleeding a lot from his right leg, and bone was sticking out. I told Tom to keep him talking while I ran to the car to get the first aid kit.

“I got a couple of bandages and put them round the artery where blood was coming from.

“I used my other hand to hold the organs in place. I had never seen injuries as bad as these ones before. I had already radioed control room to say it was a fatal accident, because I didn’t think he could survive. I was just thinking ‘if this guy survives I will be ecstatic’. Tom was carrying on talking to him, chatting about anything to keep him awake.

“We all do first aid training, and when you see bleeding, you do your best to stop it. I also watch a lot of medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy as well, and think that helped.”

Ambulances quickly arrived on the scene, and Mr Ahmed was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. PC Gardiner said: “We went to see him in hospital, and that was reward enough to see him doing so well. The day it happened the sergeant called Tom and I into his office – I thought we were being told off, but he said we had done fantastically well. We got a couple of emails from senior officers as well.”

Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society said: “There is little doubt but that they saved the life of the crash victim. It must have been like a scene from a disaster movie when they arrived. The victim’s femur was broken and protruding through his thigh. There were internal organs on the road and the victim had lost a lot of blood and was still bleeding heavily.”

A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said a man has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He will be sentenced next month at Cambridge Crown Court.