Our teams of paramedics, doctors and pilots give patients the best chance of survival and recovery. Unfortunately, the Harvey family know all too well how valuable our service is.
In November last year, the unthinkable happened to Karen and Chris Harvey when their fit and healthy 22-year-old son Scott suffered a cardiac-arrest at the gym. Scott urgently needed life-saving treatment from our highly trained crew.
Could pay for the drugs and equipment needed to sedate a patient.
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Could help fund the equipment needed to keep a patient breathing.
Could restock our emergency medical supplies after treating a patient like Scott.
Could pay for the protective flame-proof flight suits worn by our team.
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There is no way I can explain the depth of despair my wife and I felt receiving the call that our healthy, sporty, kind and caring son was critically ill, having suffered a cardiac arrest.Chris Harvey
Within minutes, paramedic Jo Meadham, paramedic James Perks and doctor Simon Brown arrived by helicopter to be at Scott’s side. They immediately began the hospital-level treatment that Scott so desperately needed.
At this stage, Scott was visibly agitated. He was rolling on the floor whilst desperately trying to take his oxygen mask off. Although he was moving and his eyes were open, he wasn’t responding to us. To prevent Scott’s condition from worsening and to get him safely to hospital we sedated him.
Having the ability to anaesthetise patients like Scott means we can ensure we can manage further complications whilst on route to hospital, including further cardiac arrests. It’s just one of the ways in which we are able to help people whose lives hang in the balance.
Can you help us be there for people when the worst happens? Your support can give patients the best chance of recovery and ensure more families can be together at this special time of year.
This email was sent by Chris and Karen Harvey to Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
“Dear team of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance,
On 25th November our youngest son Scott (22), student at Oxford Brookes university, had a cardiac arrest at the gym. We received the call here in Northumberland for a next of kin to be by his bedside. It was the longest 5 hour drive I/we have ever had.
How do you thank a team, an individual, for saving the life of your son, words are so inadequate. But I hope in sending this email in some way the team that helped to save him get to know that not only have they saved our son but also the darkest pain parents and his close friends can suffer.
Scott has been involved in sport from an early age, he was on a development route to play rugby professionally before deciding his education was more important. He’s always kept himself fit, never smoked, ate healthily, drinks infrequently (for a student!), only this year in a university exchange with Hong Kong he was playing rugby for poly U, when studies permitted. After last semester toured parts of Asia on his own. The cardiac arrest could have happened at any time. We have been so lucky to still have our boy.
Tests have yet to reveal the cause, but there are more to come in 2019. He’s been fitted with an SICD.
Scott returned to Uni last Tuesday determined to get back to normal life and has been sitting exams Wednesday and one today. Quite remarkable given what happened just 19 days ago.
Wishing you all the very best of Christmas’s and a happy healthy New Year.
With a heartfelt thanks,
Chris and Karen Harvey”
We responded to 271 call-outs between 21st November 2018 and 6th January 2019.
Cardiac arrest was the most common type of emergency, accounting for 27% of all call-outs last Christmas.
We were called-out to seventeen incidents across Christmas Day and Boxing Day alone.
Nine members of our crew were on shift on Christmas Day.