Sunbed tragedy teen’s horror accident to feature on TV

HORROR DEATH .. Grant Adams and, inset, the Great North Air Ambulance.
HORROR DEATH .. Grant Adams and, inset, the Great North Air Ambulance.

THE battle to save a South Tyneside teen who died tragically after falling into a sunbed will feature in a new television documentary.

Sky television will broadcast the six-part documentary series Air Ambulance ER, which will highlight the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The first episode, broadcast on Sky One HD on January 6 at 9pm, will show how medics fought to save the life of Grant Adams last June.

The 17-year-old tripped and stumbled into to upstanding sunbed at his home in South Frederick Street, in Laygate, South Shields, which caused one of its glass tubes to pierce his jugular. Despite being flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the GNAAS, medics were unable to save him and he died weeks before girlfriend Sharna Gardner gave birth to their daughter Rhkiya Mae in August.

Jim Entwistle, GNAAS spokesman, said: “The series offers an unflinching look at the work of our medics as they battle to save lives across the region.

“As a charity, it can only be of benefit to us as it showcases the nature of the work we do and the level of expertise we have on board our helicopters.”