We love to hear from you in regards to your stories with help from the Blood Bike Riders and the Community First Responders.
Community First Responder Stories:
Matt’s story: “On 2nd August, 2003 when I was just 19 years old, I kissed my girlfriend goodbye, got on my motorbike and said I’d be back in 10 minutes.
Less than a mile down the road, a car pulled out and didn’t see me. My bike smashed into the car at 60mph and I flew 120ft over the top of my bike and landed in the middle of the road.
I don’t remember the Magpas team arriving, but I know I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for the Helimedix speedy lifesaving response. I was literally injured from the very top of my head to the tops of my toes.
I’m now studying for a Masters Degree at Leeds University, my aim in life is to be hugely successful and not let this terrible accident define me. One day I hope to give something back to Magpas as they gave me back my life.”
Eighteen-year-old Joe said: “I was at home watching television when my Dad walked through the door; he had his hands on his chest. I looked at him and knew he was having a heart attack”.
Joe had only just finished his training for the recently-launched Community First Responder scheme in his local village. He said: “I had the responder kit on me at the time; I knew what was going on, the training just kicked in”.
David’s Story: David Cleveland was enjoying Christmas Day 2007 at home in Berkshire with his family when he went into cardiac arrest. “It was in the evening, and I had collapsed, had no pulse and wasn’t breathing,” he said.
Community First Responders (CFRs), who are volunteers trained by the ambulance service, arrived within minutes and helped to save his life.
“They were able to restart me and I’m still here thanks to them,” he said. “I would otherwise be little more than a vegetable.”
The CFRs were able to pass on a medical assessment to the ambulance crew when they arrived and Mr Cleveland made a full recovery after a week in hospital.
Suzanne’s Story: “In 2010 I was involved in a very serious car accident; Volunteer Doctor VJ Sander came to my aid and provided me with vital roadside critical care, reassurance and expertise. He is a Consultant at one of our local hospitals who volunteers on his days off and spare time to fly with the Magpas Helimedix team to provide such care to anyone in need. Without his prompt actions and those of others, I would not be here today. It takes an amazing, dedicated and selfless person to spend their spare time volunteering their services. After meeting this gentleman to say thank you in person, I really can say what a ‘gentle man’ he was, very humble and considered this to be ‘ just his job’. I would like to nominate him for his amazing services and care, without people like him there would be many others not here to ‘tell their tale’.
Magpas patient Suzanne Martin kindly nominated Magpas Dr VJ Sanker for the Sunday Telegraph British Volunteer Awards. From 800 entries, VJ got through to the final 60 which is wonderful news! The above statement is what Suzanne emailed to the newspaper about VJ.
Blood Bikes Stories:
“I just want to thank all your team for the excellent service “Blood Bike West” have provided to the medical laboratories in Galway Roscommon University Hospital Group.
Your volunteers are a credit to the bikers community and help present your group in a very positive light.
Our staff have always found your volunteers courteous, professional and always willing to go the extra mile (excuse the pun!) to help out.
From myself and all the lab staff, I’d like to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and I hope you continue to flourish in 2013…” – Damian Griffin (Clinical Director, Laboratory medicine)
“On behalf of the Biochemistry Department, I wish to express our gratitude to all in Blood Bike West for the provision of a fantastic service which we value greatly. It is excellent to have this service available to deal with urgent samples.
It is also important to note that when most other courier services are not available to us during the Christmas period, that Blood Bike West have increased their service provision to fill this gap.
Happy Christmas and thanks again to all in Blood Bike West” – Pat Kelly, Senior Medical Scientist
“Hi There, just a note to let you know that your transport service was very helpful to us last week when we needed to get a patient sample urgently to Dublin and tested before the bank holiday weekend.
Thank you from all the staff involved” – Marian O’Riain, Chief Medical Scientist, UCHG