Mum-of-two Angie Crompton was on her way to pick up her husband Paul when her life was changed forever by a horrific crash.
A terrible collision with a lorry near Brackley in Northamptonshire left her fighting for her life. Her Land Rover was a mangled wreck and she was trapped inside with serious head injuries and a broken neck.
We were the first medical team on the scene and arrived within 10 minutes of getting the call. Once Angie had been freed by firefighters she was airlifted to Coventry’s University Hospital and she was there about 30 minutes after the crash.
Angie, who has two sons, needed a craniotomy to relieve pressure on her brain. She was in an induced coma for six weeks and it was touch-and-go for a while. In total she spent five months in hospital, later being moved from Coventry to Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital.
After a remarkable recovery, she is now back to her old self and enjoying life back running the Red Lion pub in Evenley with husband Paul.
Today, she says she owes her life to the air ambulance crew who flew her to hospital so quickly on that fateful day in October 2014.
She can’t remember anything about the accident itself but Paul will never forget calling her mobile as he waited for to collect him and hearing a police officer’s voice.
“She said your wife has been in a near fatal accident…It was a very strange day and it was touch and go but Angie survived the night.
“When I try to summarise what happened I say it’s simple. You’ve just dodged a bullet and we’ve been very lucky. You go through life thinking it’s never going to happen but it can and it does. What happened to Angie can happen to anyone.”
Angie, aged 53, said : ‘’The air ambulance did save my life and I will always be grateful. Today I feel fine, perfectly well but without them that day I may not have survived.’’
“I don’t remember anything myself but the firemen had to cut me out of my car. The air ambulance were there in 10 minutes and their doctor did all sorts. I had a broken neck and a severe head injury, which led to a five month stay in hospital. I consider myself very lucky just to be alive.”
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