I’m Bryony, and one Sunday morning my life changed for ever. If it wasn’t for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, I wouldn’t be here today.

I was working at a stable yard in Holmer Green, Buckinghamshire when the horse I was leading unexpectedly kicked me in the head.

I was left unresponsive with an obvious head wound. Thames Valley Air Ambulance were dispatched and arrived quickly at the scene, bringing a doctor and paramedic team who performed advanced life-saving medical care.

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My list of injuries was extensive – my eye socket was smashed, my forehead had a fracture across the front and my sinus was crushed. My brain membrane had ruptured and I sustained damage to my brain.

My condition was very serious. The air ambulance doctor had to sedate and intubate me at the scene in order to stabilise my condition and prevent further brain injury. Without this I may not have made it to the hospital in time.

One month after the accident, I was transferred from the John Radcliffe Hospital to rehab. I had to learn to breathe, talk and walk again. My recovery has been long and hard but I can now say that I am fully recovered.

I’m now a fully qualified Personal Trainer and I make sure to live life to the full, as you never know when something like this will happen. I have taken part in a sponsored skydive for TVAA and raised over £2,000. More recently I’ve done zip-wiring and climbed to the top of the O2 in London.

I owe my life to the crew of Thames Valley Air Ambulance. The fact that they save lives, like my own, every single day is incredible.

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