Teenage former patient face of AAW
Teenager Kieren Brown, who suffered life-threatening injuries in a horrific cycling accident when he was 14, has become the face of our local air ambulances’ latest fundraising campaign.
The fundraising hero, now 17, has already raised over £5,000 for the service that helped save his life in 2013 – and now he wants to raise even more money by being the face of their Air Ambulance Week appeal.
Our first ever Air Ambulance Week will take place from 21st – 27th September. We hopes to paint the county yellow by handing out its yellow badges in exchange for donations during the week.
Kieren was out doing what he loved best – cycling in Mansfield with his father and uncle. While crossing a main road, he was suddenly knocked from his bike by a car, in an accident that would dramatically change his life.
When East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) reached Kieren, he was unconscious and bleeding, and it was clear he had multiple life-threatening, time-critical injuries. He had a major brain injury, facial lacerations, a broken leg, two fractured vertebrae and an impact wound on his calf causing massive blood loss. EMAS immediately radioed DLRAA for backup. The crew landed on-scene within minutes of receiving the call, and joined the battle to save Kieren’s life.
In this case, the quickest way to get Kieren to the care he desperately needed was by road. DLRAA’s critical care paramedic, Danny Evans, didn’t hesitate to join the land ambulance team and provide ongoing care for Kieren on the tense 20 minute journey to the major trauma centre at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
At the time, Danny really did not think he would survive.
Kieren spent the next few days in an induced coma. His best birthday present that year was waking up, five days after his accident, on 18th April 2013 – his birthday. He was so badly injured he needed to learn to walk, talk and eat again – but Kieren’s spirit and sheer determination saw him back at school just a few months after the accident, to continue studying for his GCSEs.
Against all odds, he got back on his bike on 1st June 2013. Amazingly, within no time, he was already planning on an incredible fundraising challenge in aid of DLRAA. Since that day Kieren has been tirelessly raising money to help pay for the service that saved his life. He tells you why himself in this moving clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzzlQGauCwY
Danny says: “It’s absolutely amazing to hear how well Kieren is doing now, considering the extent of the life-threatening injuries he sustained in his accident, and all of the strenuous challenges he’s faced since. It would be my absolute pleasure to meet such an inspirational young man, and award him with such a deserving title. What he’s done is awesome!”
You can read more about Kieren by clicking here.