Helicopter flies to rescue 100 times

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This year has been another busy one for the county’s air ambulance, which flew out to more than 100 incidents in the county.

During 2011 the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire service responded to 447 calls in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Rutland.

In Northamptonshire the helicopter flew out to 10 cardiac arrests, 12 equestrian accidents, four falls from height and five industrial accidents.

Its other county call-outs included one person under a train, eight sports injuries, 61 car crashes and two incidents of people having breathing problems.

It flew out to Corby 35 times, Kettering 27 times, Rushden once and Wellingborough 16 times.

The casualties the service has flown out to in the county this year include two-year-old Harry Smith, of Higham Ferrers.

Harry was at work with his mum in Rushden when a cup of tea was accidentally knocked over him on November 4.

He was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s special burns unit.

Harry’s mum Clare Bloomfield said she thought the service was so important because it could get out to people in any emergency situation.

She said: “They can get to very rural and remote areas, it’s amazing how versatile it is and there’s no questions asked, it’s not as if you pay for it through your taxes, it’s a charity, which is what amazed me.

“Without the air ambulance I don’t know what would have happened to Harry, his burns might have been more severe.

“They had doctors on board the helicopter so they monitored him throughout the flight to hospital, it was the best thing for us.”

Emma Johns from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance said: “The air ambulance celebrated its eighth birthday in 2011 and passed the 10,000 rescue landmark too.

“It has become part of the community and we are so grateful for everyone that continues to support us and fundraise in so many ways.

“We rely on them to keep flying and saving lives every day.”