“Our family will be forever grateful and thankful that a LIVES paramedic was able to attend so quickly and necessitate the correct procedures that undoubtedly saved our mothers life.”:
In October 2020, Critical Care Paramedic and LIVES Responder, Simon ‘Sheepy’ Shingler attended a hit and run incident in Cleethorpes, where a lady, who was in her 70’s had received significant traumatic injuries.
Getting there quickly made all the difference.
Once on scene, Simon was able to provide sedation to make the patient more comfortable, so he could examine her further.
Simon explains: “I was able to ascertain that she had a significant fracture of the arm and collar bone, a rib, pelvic and ankle fracture, multiple fractures of the spine and significant deep wounds requiring surgical intervention. I prepared the patient to be transported to Hull Royal Infirmary and contacted the major trauma unit to discuss my diagnosis.”
Working together to save lives.
Due to the severe nature of the lady’s injuries, the ambulance met LIVES Critical Care doctor, Hutch, en-route and together he and Simon delivered a pre-hospital emergency anaesthetic, to further protect the patient’s brain from swelling and at pass-over fully briefed the receiving team.
“Thanks to the exceptional relationship between LIVES and Hull Royal Infirmary, we were able to work together to give emergency care when it was needed the most. The lady was able to return home to her family after a few months hospitalisation and after three months was thankfully able to take her first steps since the accident, after comprehensive rehabilitation,” said Simon.
A few weeks later, LIVES HQ was contacted by the son of the lady who wanted to share his gratitude for the actions of the team that saved his mum’s life:
“I’d just like to thank LIVES for saving our wonderful and special mother following a near fatal accident in October 2020.”
LIVES has an army of LIVES Responders, like Simon, who give up their time to be there for people in a 999-medical emergency across Lincolnshire. We need to fundraise £1.4 million a year to train, equip and support our volunteers, who are currently attending calls like these, even during COVID-19. It is only with your support that our Responders can continue to support their communities by responding to medical emergencies when a 999 call is made.
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