10-Year-Old Donates One Year’s Pocket Money to Thank Medical Flight Crew that Saved His Life

Dylan Kneebone, a 10-year-old boy from Cornwall, England has donated his entire year’s pocket money to Cornwall Air Ambulance. Dylan, along with his 6-year-old sister Kyrie, saved up £117.81 from their pocket money and decided to donate it to the medical flight crew that saved Dylan’s life in 2014. Crew members of the air ambulance charity have expressed their gratefulness for the kids’ generosity.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Helped Save Dylan’s Life in 2014

Back in 2014, Dylan had suffered from serious injuries after an accident. A had been run over by a horse box on his neck and chest. In addition to internal bleeding, he was suffering a collapsed lung that needed critical emergency service. That’s when Cornwall Air Ambulance came in with their air ambulance helicopter, which transported the critically injured boy to the nearby Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The helicopter managed to transport Dylan for emergency pediatric care within four minutes. He was then transferred to Bristol Royal Infirmary to receive lifesaving surgery at the specialist children’s unit. Mick McLachlan, one of the medical flight crew members, expressed his delight to see the boy full of energy and running around considering the severity of his injuries two years ago.

Siblings Opt to Help Medical Flight Crew with their Savings

Last year, Dylan had bought a new bike after saving up his pocket money. But this year, he and his sister decided to do something special for the air ambulance charity that helped save the boy’s life. So instead of buying something for themselves, they donated their entire savings to the charity. The donations will be put towards funding the operational costs of the charity, which requires £3 million annually to keep their helicopters flying and saving lives.

Laser Prankster Temporarily Blinds Medical Flight Doctor

A laser pen caused a potentially catastrophic incident after temporarily blinding a medical flight doctor working for Wales Air Ambulance. The police are trying to find information regarding the culprit behind this prank and request anyone who has some knowledge about the crime. The incident took place while the air ambulance aircraft flew over Townhill.

Details of the Incident that Temporarily Blinded Medical Flight Doctor

The air ambulance aircraft for Wales Air Ambulance was flying over Townhill at around 7:30 PM on 5th November. The doctor suffered from temporary blindness and eye damage due to the laser. The safety of the aircraft and its passengers was threatened because of this incident. According to officials from Wales Air Ambulance, the incident could have been catastrophic.

The police are now appealing to the public to help them trace the culprit behind the attack. The laser pen is believed to have provided commercial-strength laser beam.

Dire Consequences for Culprit

According to Inspector Paul Thomas with the South Wales Police, the police are taking the crime very seriously and are doing everything they can to catch the culprit. He went on to state that people do not understand the circumstances involved in shining lasers at an aircraft, which could even result in serious fatalities.

He further stated that the police will promptly prosecute anyone who carries out this offense. The culprit who endangered the lives of a medical flight crew could face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or imprisonment of five years.

Representatives for Wales Air Ambulance stated that the incident could have been catastrophic. When people get laser burns to the eye, they could get blinded for life. In this particular incident, the pilot for the flight managed to avert his eyes in time and continued to fly the aircraft.

Northern Ireland’s First Medical Flight Helicopter Makes First Flying Visit

Northern Ireland’s new air ambulance helicopter landed near the Titanic Centre after making its first flying visit. It was welcomed by representatives from Belfast firm Tughans’, which played the main role in establishing the service. Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is the first medical flight helicopter to be servicing the region.

Tughans to Continue Helping the Air Ambulance Organization

Tughans’ managing partner, Patrick Brown was among the people who welcomed the air ambulance helicopter along with James Donnelly, who is a corporate partner at the firm. The helicopter was welcomed with an event, which included key business figures who participated in a discussion about the opportunities for involvement. These participants talked about the opportunities for supporting the charity.

According to Mr. Brown, this is a huge step that could potentially save the lives of many people in Northern Ireland. And the firm has been providing the medical flight organization with pro bono service, where they offer legal and professional advice to help them maintain a charitable status. The firm has been regularly participating in pro bono work to fulfill their corporate social responsibility. Brown also stated that Tughans has a strong commitment to provide support to their community.

First Medical Flight for Northern Ireland Gains Charitable Status

In his statement, Patrick Brown also talked about how Northern Ireland has finally managed to secure a service that has helped save the lives of many people within the U.K. On behalf of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, trustee Ray Foran expressed his gratefulness towards Tughans for providing them with generous professional support.

He also talked about how the business community will be playing an important role in their charity and how they look forward to working with them in the coming months. Air Ambulance Northern Ireland had gained a charitable status earlier this year.

New Agreement to Reduce Medical Flight Delays in British Columbia

Patients suffering from a non-life-threatening illness or injury will now have an easier time getting a medical flight in British Columbia. This change was brought on as a result of complaints by local leaders that air ambulance delays were posing a threat to people’s lives. The British Columbia Emergency Health Services will be making air ambulance charters accessible for a broader range of patients.

Agency Draws up Agreement with North Cariboo Air

The BC Emergency Health Services have drawn up a new agreement to make inter-hospital transfers available for “low acuity” patients. The agreement was made with North Cariboo Air, with whom the agency has an existing agreement for transporting critically ill or injured patients. Now there will be a dedicated aircraft kept on standby for transporting other types of patients.

Previously, less critically ill patients had to be kept waiting because the agency reserved its medical flight resources for the sickest patients. As a result, people who required medical treatment were unable to access the right medical facilities on time. This new agreement will make sure that low acuity patients won’t have to wait too long before getting transported to the appropriate facility.

Complaints Helped Make Provisions for all-Encompassing Medical Flight

These changes came about after directors from Peace River Regional District raised the air ambulance delay issues with health officials in the province. In their complaint, the leaders expressed the distress of patients who require medical treatment but are unable to access timely treatment because of the delays.

In one case, a patient suffering from a stroke had to wait 24 hours before an air ambulance could transport her to the hospital. With this new agreement, the agency hopes to improve response rates and provide essential care to patients in need.

New Medical Flight Chopper for Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust

The Special Aviation Services (SAS) will be providing a new medical flight chopper for an air ambulance charity. The Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has received a helicopter from the SAS and will now be receiving its second helicopter from them. This new chopper is expected to become operational by 2017 and enable the air ambulance charity to improve its quality of service.

Joint Operations Between SAS and KSSAAT

The Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust will also be establishing a third-party maintenance and joint operations facility with the Special Aviation Services. The facility will be located at Redhill in Surrey. The two companies will be working together to provide high-quality medical flight services to patients in the region.

New Medical Flight Chopper to Deliver Better Service

The new air ambulance helicopter is an AW169, which is expected to help the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust in enhancing its quality of service. According to Adrian Bell, chief executive of the air ambulance trust, the helicopter will enable them to deliver high-quality patient care, which is the heart of everything they do.

With the new helicopters, the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust will be able to improve their speed while delivering better patient transportation. Patients will be transported to relevant medical care facilities in a warm and dry interior, which are a boon in patient care and will ensure that patients are transported in comfort. This will also play a role in saving the lives of many patients.

The first AW169 they received from the Special Aviation Services will be operational by the end of this year. The Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust will work on the second helicopter in order to make it operational by 2017.

North West 200 Festival Raises £10,000 for Medical Flight Charity

This year’s North West 200 festival has raised £10,000 for the brand new Air Ambulance NI charity. The funds were raised through a pro-am golf tournament held between celebrities during the festival. The NW200 is an international festival held at Vauxhall every year. This year’s fundraising efforts at the festival were made to support an all-new medical flight charity in the region.

Celebrities Participated in the Medical Flight Fundraiser

For the pro-am golf tournament, several celebrities showed up to participate. Some of the celebrities who participated in the tournament were: footballers Sammy Clingan and Keith Gillespie, road racer Maria Costello, former Ulster Rugby stars Andy Ward and Stephen Ferris, and paralympic gold medalist Michael McKillop.

Other sports celebrities like snooker star Mark Allen and former world boxing champion Brian Magee also participated in the tournament. Along with the celebrities, several amateur golfers joined in on the effort to raise funds for Air Ambulance NI charity. The event took place back in May and the funds were recently presented to the authorities at Air Ambulance NI.

Air Ambulance NI Thanks Participants

Air Ambulance NI’s chairman Ian Crowe made a statement thanking the efforts of those who participated in the fundraising event. The medical flight charity was nominated as the North West 200’s chosen charity for 2016. The festival’s event managers, along with the Royal Portrush Golf Club, presented the generous sum to the Air Ambulance NI charity recently.

Every year, the North West 200 festival kicks off in the summer and raises funds through many events. The funds raised during the festival are then donated to a chosen charity of the year. The festival’s Event Director, Mervyn Whyte also expressed his gratitude towards participants of the event and also their keenness to continue supporting such charities in the future.

Two New Medical Flight Helicopters in the Cards for Children’s Air Ambulance

Children’s Air Ambulance, the only dedicated children’s medical flight service in the U.K., recently unveiled their plans to double their operations. The charity plans to have two new helicopters in operation by next year, operating from new bases located in north and south England. Children’s Air Ambulance should be able to accomplish this goal using £32million.

Current Limited Infrastructure Means Limited Medical Flight Service

The charity currently fulfills its missions using only one helicopter that operates from its base at Coventry. As a result of this limited infrastructure, Children’s Air Ambulance can only transport one in three of children and babies who require their service. It is estimated that there are at least 1,000 of these cases every year where children and babies require an emergency helicopter transfer from one location to another.

What the New Helicopters Would Mean for the Service

With the introduction of two new helicopters, Children’s Air Ambulance hopes to fulfill the needs of every child requiring a medical flight service. Helicopter transfers can be four times faster than road ambulances, which can make a huge difference for critically ill or injured patients.

The charity will be formally signing a seven-year lease for two new helicopters that would replace their current helicopter. These helicopters are Anglo-Italian AW 169 and will be carrying incubators, which are crucial for transporting neo-natal intensive care patients. They will be able to provide a 19-hour service every day for seven days a week.

Children’s Air Ambulance operates entirely out of donations and fundraisers. They flew their first mission in 2013 and have helped in transporting thousands of critically ill or injured children. For each medical transfer, the charity spends an average of £2,800. They hope to be able to provide world-class helicopter transfer service for children who are in dire need of specialist care.

British Mom Set to Help out Medical Flight Service that Saved Her Life

A pregnant woman injured in a car crash was airlifted to a hospital by Yorkshire Air Ambulance. She is now set to give back to the medical flight service that saved her life. 34-year-old Vikki Lane was 36-weeks pregnant when she was involved in a car accident back in January. She ended up with two broken legs and a broken pelvic bone in addition to being pinned between two vehicles. Yorkshire Air Ambulance transported her safely to a hospital where she received necessary treatment.

Vikki’s Operation Followed Delivery

After Vikki was dropped off at Leeds General Infirmary by the medical flight, she underwent a 12-hour operation for her injuries. Before that, in what was nothing short of a miracle, she safely gave birth to her son Samuel. After the treatment, she was wheelchair-bound for six months. Although Vikki can only walk a few distances with the help of a crutch, she continues to make progress.

The family says they’re delighted to have the baby delivered safely and Vikki is recovering as the days go by. They have been jokingly wondering who will walk properly first – the mother or the baby. In the accident, Vikki’s mother had been driving and she suddenly sped up in a parking lot in Clifford’s Tower in York.

Family Attempts to Raise Funds for the Medical Flight Service

Vikki’s husband, Ray, is now attempting to raise funds to support Yorkshire Air Ambulance Services. He intends to cycle the Coast to Coast path spanning across 153 miles. 14 people will be accompanying him. The Lane family hopes to raise at least £25,000 in order to help the two medical services that helped save the life of Vikki. One is the trauma care charity, Day One, based at Leeds General Infirmary. The other is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Cyclist Thanks Medical Flight Service that Saved His Life

A cyclist who survived a serious accident in 2009 has been reunited with the medical flight crew that saved his life. 49-year-old Robert Bryan was left with critical injuries including a collapsed lung, broken ribs, scarred heart, and cracked sternum when he fell from his bike and landed on rocks. The crew from the Great North Air Ambulance came to his aid and provided him with immediate medical attention after which they transported him to a hospital.

Details of the Accident

Robert Bryan was cycling through the Errlington Woods in eastern Cleveland with his son, Gary and his nephew, Darran. He rode up a 15ft ramp, which was a part of the cycling route, but ended up falling from his bike. After the medical team from the Great North Air Ambulance arrived on scene, they provided him with essential emergency care and then quickly transported him to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He then spent a week in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

Same Medical Flight Service Saved Bryan’s Mother

In addition to saving his life, the same medical flight service also came to the aid of Bryan’s mother in a separate incident where she got hit by a bus. 75-year-old Dorothy Bryan was transported to the hospital with critical injuries to the head and chest as well as pelvis. Although she was discharged after three months of being in the hospital, she sadly died after a week from a stroke and heart attack.

Robert Bryan expressed how thankful he is towards the Great North Air Ambulance because they gave him more time with his family and loved ones. He visited the GNAAS airbase located at Durham Tees Valley Airport, where he met Andy Mawson, the paramedic who treated his mother.

Bakery Shows Support for Medical Flight Service

Wiltshire, England does not lack in residents who care about the medical flight service provided by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Earlier this year, we read reports about former patients running a marathon to raise money for the charity. Now Hayden’s Bakery in the market town of Devizes , Wiltshire declares its support by donating £1,034 to the organization. In addition to this, a team from the bakery decided to participate in the 52-mile White Horse Challenge, which took place on 9th July, and further raise money for the charity.

Hayden’s shows Exceptional Support with Sweet Treats

The bakery chose Wiltshire Air Ambulance as their supported charity on presented the organization with a cheque at their head office. In the process, several Hayden’s employees also took a tour of the facilities and donated a sweet selection of pastries and cakes that will keep the crew going. The donation made by Hayden’s was a result of several fundraising drives, which included raffles and cake sales.

The bakery’s managing director John Larsen was quoted as saying that they were proud to provide support to a vital community source. With their visit to the WAA head office, they were able to gain a better perspective about the importance of the medical flight service to Wiltshire and the nearby communities. Larsen also said that the team looks forward to further supporting the charity in the future.

Hayden’s Further Provides Support to Wiltshire Medical Flight Service

True to their words, the team at Hayden’s decided to participate in the White Horse Challenge on 9th July. The challenge comprised of a 52-mile walk, wherein the team left for Marlborough at 7AM and camped there overnight. They then headed back home the next day. Hayden’s also handed out cakes to walkers along the route during the two days of the challenge.