MEDICS PRAISED

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AN eye witness has praised emergency staff who saved a tree surgeon’s life after he suffered horrific injuries to his neck.

The 21-year-old man was working 25 feet up a tree on the Thorney Road at Guyhirn when he slipped and inflicted deep wounds to his neck and arm with a chainsaw.

The man, who has not been named, had blood spurting from the wound as he dangled in mid air until his colleague managed to lower him to the ground.

He was still conscious when paramedics arrived and asked them if he was going to die - but thanks to their expertise he survived.

Anthony Lockier, in whose garden the tree stands, said the emergency services were called and by chance an ambulance was only moments away from the property when the call was made.

“I can’t praise the paramedics enough. They saved his life. They were less than two minutes getting here and I think that was what saved him,” said Mr Lockier.

The paramedics managed to staunch the bleeding until the Magpas Helimedix team led by Dr James French and EEAST Critical Care Paramedic Dan Cody could arrive via helicopter.

They sedated the victim, who was working for BTS cutting trees and vegetation away from over-head cables under contract to the power company.

He had been working on a Horse Chestnut cutting the branches off and was close to completing the task at around 3pm on Thursday when the accident happened.

The Magpas team also ventilated the patient before packing his injuries with Cellox - a specialist gauze used to treat troops in Afghanistan who have suffered major injuries.

A spokesman for Magpas said: “The Cellox had only recently been purchased following a donation of £1,000 from Wisbech firm Truckweld.

“And it was thanks to this ‘miracle’ dressing that the man was stabilised and the bleeding stopped so he could be airlifted to hospital.”

He was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where he underwent immediate surgery to repair the blood vessels in his neck.

Fortunately he came through the vascular surgery and was well enough to be transferred to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London, for nerve repair to his left arm the following day.

The Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into how the accident happened.

The Magpas spokesman said donations such as that made by Truckweld were essential in helping to fund the charity’s life saving service.

And Mr Lockier added: “Without those paramedics I am certain he would have died. I can’t praise them enough.

“You don’t realise how brilliant they are until something like this happens.”