A construction worker who lost three quarters of his blood after being run over by a dumper truck has finally met the doctor who saved his life.
Jamie Burnett, 27, of Corby, was left fighting for his life after his lower body was crushed while working on the A14 near Kettering on August 17 last year.
But despite injuries including a multiple fracture of his pelvis and a ruptured colon which caused massive blood and skin loss, Jamie was able to meet members of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance who helped save his life at a surprise birthday party held for him on Monday.
Jamie and his family were invited to the airbase for the celebration with Dr Adam Manson, the onboard trauma doctor who helped Jamie survive the trip to surgery, as the star guest.
One of the staff members made him a cake in the shape of a helicopter and the party allowed him to say thank you to Dr Manson who he had desperately wanted to meet since the day he was crushed.
The drama had unfolded after Jamie sat down in a safe area to send a text to his girlfriend when he heard a strange sound, glanced up and saw a dumper truck directly in front of him.
He had no time to move as the wheel of the truck pinned his left leg to the ground while his right one was twisted, breaking in three places.
Two of his colleagues called 999 and made tourniquets of their shirts.
Nine minutes later, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) arrived and performed an initial assessment, started treatment and called the air ambulance for support.
The flying medics were soon on the scene to work with the EMAS team to help save Jamie’s life.
Initially taken to Kettering General Hospital to receive an emergency 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.
He was then moved to the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital to begin the process of learning to walk again.
More than a year afterwards, Jamie is now walking again and has since raised money for the life-saving service.
Jamie’s story shows how important the work of the air ambulance is and the service is appealing for people in Northamptonshire to volunteer for the forthcoming Air Ambulance Week.
They have filled 79 street collection slots, but need 276 in total during the week starting September 21.
They are asking people to give an hour and save a life by exchanging pin badges for donations during Air Ambulance Week.
For more information or to volunteer go to www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.