“You do not realise just how important the air ambulance is until you really need it,” says horror crash survivor Sam Fretwell.
Sam knows this better than most after the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance service helped save his life following a head-on crash on the A614 close to Ollerton in May last year.
Critically ill Sam, who is from Eakring, was cut from his car and airlifted to Nottingham’s QMC hospital in just 17 minutes as paramedics fought to save his life.
Brave Sam, who now runs his own car sales business, was left with 42 fractures to his face, left blinded in his right eye and suffered a punctured lung after the head on smash.
More than a year on battling Sam is still trying to come to terms with his mental and physical injuries and remains full of praise for the work of the life-saving charity.
“The one thing I remember when I was in the ambulance was the time that it took to get to QMC,” said Sam.
“If I had had to travel by road it would have taken at least an hour.
“This hour is known as the golden hour. The speed with which I got to hospital saved my life as far as I am concerned. Without the air ambulance I would not be here today.
“Until you are in that position you just do not realise how important the service is. Speed is the key, when you are that critically ill you simply do not have time to battle through traffic jams and cover great distances via the road network.”
Sam now regularly raises money for the charity and has taken part in the Lincoln 10k run, despite having long term injuries to his leg.
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“This service is hugely important and needs your help to help them continue to save lifes,” added Sam.
“I am still recovering from what I went through. The accident has given me a new lease of life, I was determined before, but now I am even more determined to make the most of life.
“People need to get behind this appeal and help support this wonderful service. Every penny helps and will help to save lives.”