Emergency service Magpas is launching the first 24/7 emergency medical care service of its kind in the East of England.
Magpas’ expertise will be available at any hour of the day for people who find themselves in critical situations and urgently need on the spot hospital care, although the air ambulance will not be in use at all times.
One man to have received urgent medical care from Magpas was speedway rider Lewis Kerr (25) who two months ago was taking part in a meeting in Peterborough when he was involved in a serious collision and suffered life-threatening head injuries.
The Magpas Air Ambulance flew to Lewis and, with his whole family watching, Magpas’ Dr Raluca Ionescu and Paramedic Dan Phillips put him in a medically induced coma right there on the track.
This afternoon (Thursday, October 1) Lewis and his wife Jessie (who is 31 weeks pregnant) arrived at the Magpas Air Ambulance Operations Base in Huntingdon to meet the specialist team who flew to Lewis for the first time since the accident.
There were hugs all round and lots of catching up to do.
Jessie said: “I can remember all your faces, it’s all coming back to me now.
“You never think something like that is ever going to happen to you or someone you love - for a moment I thought I’d lost him. The Magpas team are amazing, I don’t want to think what might have happened to him if Magpas hadn’t been there”.
Lewis said: “I can’t remember anything about that day, just waking up in the hospital bed. I am just so, so thankful for what they did for me that day.”
As everyone stood in front of the Magpas helicopter talking, Paramedic Phillips pointed out, “It’s because of the Magpas Doctor and Paramedic team that we were able to fly to Lewis that day and provide him with specialist care as early as possible. It’s wonderful to see Lewis doing so well and to see how he’s bounced back and recovered so quickly.”
Magpas CEO Daryl Brown summed up by saying: “We are hugely grateful to Lewis and Jessie for being with us at such a poignant moment for the charity.
“Thanks to generous public support, Magpas are now available 24 hours a day seven days a week. It’s a huge move forward.
“A significant number of trauma cases happen in hours of darkness and in the winter months, so it’s key to be able to roll our service out consistently.”
Magpas is also asking for messages of support to be emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org), tweeted (@Magpas_Charity) and Facebooked (to Magpas) to the charity from today.
People whose lives have been touched by Magpas are asked to send in messages, wish the Magpas team luck or tell the charity their story.
The hashtag #Magpas247 is also asked to be included in all social media posts.