A Corby construction worker lost three quarters of his blood after being run over by a dumper truck in an horrific accident near Kettering.
Now Jamie Burnett says he hopes to be home in time for Christmas – four months after the incident on the A14.
And the 26-year-old, who was fighting for his life after his lower body was crushed on August 17, is also urging people to support the Air Ambulance Service, the charity which helped save his life, by entering its Christmas charity auction.
Jamie had just finished a job when he settled down in a safe area to text his girlfriend that he would be home late.
He said: “Little did I know that three months on I still wouldn’t have made it home.”
Hearing a strange sound, he glanced up from his phone and saw a dumper truck directly in front of him. He had no time to move. The massive wheel of the truck pinned his left leg to the ground, while his right one was twisted, breaking in three places.
He suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, including a multiple fracture of his pelvis – a piece of which punctured his bladder – as well as a ruptured colon the loss of skin from his groin to his buttocks.
The injuries caused massive blood loss.
Two of his colleagues leapt into action to call 999 and make tourniquets of their shirts. Nine minutes later, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) arrived and performed an initial assessment, began treatment, and called The Air Ambulance Service for support.
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) arrived on the scene to work with the EMAS team to help save Jamie’s life.
Initially taken to Kettering General Hospital to receive a blood transfusion, he was then flown to the major trauma centre at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire – just an hour after 999 was first dialled.
After lengthy initial surgery, he was placed into a week-long induced coma. Over the next few months, he needed several more surgeries to help correct the damage.
For the last month he has been well enough to be moved to Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital to begin the process of learning to walk again.
Jamie added: “Doctors said it was the worst case of hip trauma they had ever seen – it looked like I had been blown up.
“I am having on going treatment but my goal is to be home in time for Christmas. When I can, I am going to have a homecoming party and invite the crew of The Air Ambulance. I am going to present them with a cheque and I have one thing to say to them: thank you for saving my life.”
To help Jamie say thank you, his employer bmJV gathered donations for a Christmas charity auction.
Prizes include a 32” HD TV, tickets to see Cats at the London Palladium, and two Valentine’s Day hospitality tickets for the England v Italy Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham.
The auction launches on the charity’s website today (Monday, December 1) and finish on December 10.
All proceeds will go to The Air Ambulance Service and help ensure they can keep flying and saving lives.
Andy Blackledge, on behalf of bmJV, a joint venture between Bam Nuttall and Morgan Sindall, said “The Air Ambulance Service operates entirely by voluntary donations, and it won’t be here when we need it if we didn’t support it.
“I am really pleased our project is able to help and hope the auction raises lots of money to keep this amazing service in the air.”
The charity hopes to raise £8,500 from the auction, which is enough to fund five missions, potentially saving five lives. Each mission costs about £1,700 to run. As it receives no Government funding, it is reliant on donations and events like these.
Jamie said: “Until you end up using it, you just don’t realise how much of a necessity it is.”