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March couple praise life saving skills of Magpas Air Ambulance after horror motorcycle crash



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A March man has described the moment he saw his partner catapulted into the air after her motorbike collided with a lorry and how her life was saved by Magpas Air Ambulance.

Last year Sarah Brown, 36, who had not long passed her basic motorbike test, was riding her motorbike down the A141 near Chatteris. It was Sarah and her partner Lee’s first ride out together.

Lee said: “We both love motorcycles and so do our families – it’s in our blood. After a great morning ride, Sarah was a little ahead of me as we started making our way home.

Former Magpas Sarah Brown is lucky to be alive after being involved in a crash with a lorry while riding her motorbike. (42913394)
Former Magpas Sarah Brown is lucky to be alive after being involved in a crash with a lorry while riding her motorbike. (42913394)

"Suddenly, out of nowhere a lorry appeared and without time to stop, it ploughed straight into Sarah and her bike.

"I watched in horror as she was knocked into the air and landed further down the road. I will never forget the absolute fear and panic as I pulled up and ran over to her, all the time trying to talk calmly into the helmet headset ‘I’m coming honey, I’m coming’.”

Sarah was so badly injured with multiple broken bones that, without treatment, she could have died on the roadside.

Her right shoulder blade, femur (thigh), tibia (lower leg) and all of her toes were shattered.

Sarah Brown with her partner Lee at her brother's wedding just 20 days after the accident. (42913390)
Sarah Brown with her partner Lee at her brother's wedding just 20 days after the accident. (42913390)

Lee said: “She was in so much pain and I couldn’t make it better. What came after that was a blur, but the thing I remember most clearly was the sound of the Magpas Air Ambulance helicopter and as it came into view I knew that help had arrived.”

Magpas Air Ambulance crew, Dr Alison McInerney and Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) Alex Pearce, worked alongside the East of England Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene.

They sedated Sarah in order to straighten and reset her injured limbs and stabilise her condition - providing her with care usually only available in the hospital emergency department - before carefully transferring her to the helicopter and flying her to hospital.

Magpas medics treat a patient providing hospital level of care. (42913392)
Magpas medics treat a patient providing hospital level of care. (42913392)

Lee continued: “Sarah later told me that CCP Alex held onto her hand the whole way to Addenbrooke’s Hospital which helped keep her calm. It’s the little things, as well as the big things, that helped to save Sarah that day and for that I am so thankful to the Magpas team.

“Sarah has faced a long road to recovery, but if it wasn’t for the lifesaving skills of Magpas Air Ambulance that day I might not be getting ready to spend another Christmas with her this year. A thought I can hardly bear to have.”

“As a charity funded by donations, Magpas Air Ambulance needs your support to continue to be there for people like they were for Sarah and I that day, and I wanted to share our story so you know what a difference that support can make.”

As Magpas Air Ambulance prepares for a difficult winter ahead, there are many ways you can support the charity and help save more lives in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and beyond. From having a Christmas Jumper Day, hosting a Cuppa & Christmas cake event, or playing the Magpas Christmas raffle, which you can find here: https://donate.magpas.org.uk/raffle/



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