Alston man thanks Great North Air Ambulance for rescue

A CUMBRIAN man has explained how ‘precious’ life is, after an accident involving his motorbike and a tractor left him with life-altering injuries.

Stan Wood from Alston had been visiting his mother in Penrith last September when the accident happened. And he praised the Great North Air Ambulance Service flying to his aid.

Mr Wood said: ‘I was thinking of taking the scenic route and was about two miles from Penrith when there was a bad right hand bend in the road with two tractors on the other side.

“The first tractor turned in front of me, so I slammed on my brake, slammed into the tractor and bounced back.”

The 55-year-old remembers being conscious moments after the crash.

Mr Wood said: ‘I was leaning against something and just looked up and my bike was in pieces and that’s when I also realized my leg was twisted behind me . It was completely buckled and broken below the knee and bent towards my head.

“The driver of the second tractor got out and ran to help me. I didn’t have a helmet on, so the driver held my head up, but I knew he was so scared because I could feel him shaking.

As the GNAAS flew alongside Mr Wood, he recalls having seizures and being told to stay awake by those around him.

Mr Wood said: ‘The tractor driver kept yelling ‘he’s gone, he’s gone’ – he thought I was going to die.

“I don’t remember the sound of the helicopter or the GNAAS landing because I was screaming like a banshee and Terry Sharpe the paramedic on duty relieved me and said he was going to straighten my head. leg.

“The helicopter flight was the smoothest trip of my life.”

GNAAS, which operates the Pride of Cumbria II aircraft from Langwathby, transported Mr Wood to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where he remained for three and a half weeks.

Mr Wood said: ‘They practically took my right leg off and put it back straight with rods and pins and bolts.

“It was broken below the knee, my left leg was also broken, I had a broken rib and shoulder blade and a broken hand but luckily I kept my good looks.

Mr. Wood added, “GNAAS is amazing and the service is vital. If I had been faster, I wouldn’t be here.

“My outlook on life has definitely changed, that’s for sure and I won’t be riding a motorcycle anymore. It showed me what is precious in life.

GNAAS relies on donations to survive. It carries teams of expert intensive care doctors and paramedics on board who bring advanced skills and techniques to the scene, such as blood transfusions and surgeries.

The charity is looking for people to join its Great North Run team. Sign up for a charity spot here: https://gna.as/GNR2022

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