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Sarah Wise speaks of role of Yorkshire Air Ambulance in saving her life
Now, almost five years later, Sarah Wise has received a six-figure sum in compensation and has spoken about the vital role played by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in saving her life.
She has also revealed how she has gone on to have a baby, Billy, who had to be delivered by caesarean because of her badly-injured pelvis.
Sarah, 24, from Leeds, said she was a passenger in a sports car whose driver, who was taking her on a date to go shopping in York, lost control on the dual carriageway at Bilbrough Top. The car ploughed into some other vehicles and Sarah was trapped.
Her rescue was captured on film for the TV series Helicopter Heroes. She said that by watching the footage, she realised how fantastic the air ambulance crew had been.
“They knew almost immediately that they were dealing with a broken pelvis, but didn’t know how much internal damage and bleeding there was and wanted to get me to hospital as quickly as possible,” she said.
“They asked me to rate the pain on a scale of one to ten: all you can hear is me screaming ten and, at one point, 12.”
Sarah was in intensive care and a high-dependency unit at Leeds General Infirmary for more than a month and she is still in constant pain today, particularly in her back.
She cannot stand for long periods of time, needs regular physiotherapy, sports massage and acupuncture, and suffers severe headaches, tinnitus, memory loss and cognitive difficulties.
She has been unable to work due to her injuries and had been worried how she was going to provide for her son.
She said the settlement obtained by Leeds-based personal injury solicitors Emsleys against the driver’s insurers meant she could buy a house and have some security, and Billy would be able to start nursery without her worrying about the cost.
Emsleys said it launched Review My Claim earlier this year, a service providing free, independent advice on people’s claims, which donated £10 to the air ambulance for every case it took on.
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