Grateful daughter thanks air ambulance

Great North Air Ambulance
Great North Air Ambulance

A grateful daughter has thanked the Great North Air Ambulance for flying to the aid of her dad.

Ashleigh Chambers, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, rushed to her father’s side after he got trapped between a car and a van.

Andrew Redhead, 49, was outside his home in Catchgate, County Durham, when the accident happened on Tuesday, June 24.

The self-employed handyman suffered a broken femur after the car rolled forward and pinned him against the van.

Mrs Chambers, 23, a self-employed design engineer, said: “I can’t thank the air ambulance enough for their fast response and treatment on scene.

“My brother Simon rang me and said that my dad had been run over.

“My dad was on the floor, and there was a doctor from the air ambulance treating him. She was lovely and so reassuring.

“They said my brother had been fantastic as well.

“My mam, Carron, moved the car off my dad, then Simon put him in the recovery position.”

“My dad said the pain was excruciating, and I can’t imagine what he would have gone through if they weren’t there to give him medication and get him to the hospital as quickly as they did.”

Paramedics from the Great North Air Ambulance landed close to the scene and tended to Mr Redhead by giving him painkillers and putting his leg in a splint before taking him to the major trauma centre at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The next day, he underwent surgery on his leg, and he is now recovering at home.

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