Man thanks NHS for saving his life

Peterborough City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital
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Benwick pensioner Lionel Bradford has thanked all the NHS staff who treated him after he sustained life-threatening injuries.

Mr Bradford (79) suffered crushed ribs and a punctured lung after he was trapped underneath his mobility scooter in his garden.

When he was initially seen by paramedics, he seemed all right but woke up in agony the next morning. The relief doctor who saw him called an ambulance straight away.

“I had a pneumothorax and the paramedic had to do a chest drain. When he stuck the needle in my chest, the air fizzed out like a barrage balloon.”

Mr Bradford was later told he had to be brought back to life in the ambulance as he was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital. He had to spend almost a week in hospital.

“I really feel I need to say thank you but I don’t know how to do it,” he said. “Everyone is knocking the NHS but they’re brilliant.

“I’m very thankful to be alive.”