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After Jael’s accident, she had to learn how to walk, talk and eat again and then she completed a triathlon!
In August 2019 Jael, aged 17 from Derbyshire, was involved in a lifechanging car accident. The critical care crew were despatched and arrived at the scene of the incident in just 30 minutes. Jael had been knocked unconscious and had sustained serious head injuries.
The severity of Jael’s injuries meant that she had to be anaesthetised immediately, so her brain received the maximum amount of protection, whilst aiming to prevent any further injury before reaching the hospital. It is thanks to the advanced training of our critical care crew, that allowed this treatment to happen at the roadside – usually it is only permitted in hospital.
Jael was in hospital for over three months, initially spending two weeks in intensive care before moving to a neurological ward. She underwent an intensive rehabilitation programme which enabled her to relearn how to walk, talk, and eat. Jael and her family credit our critical care crew with saving her life.
Jael decided she wanted to thank everyone at your local air ambulance and aim to fundraise £1,700 to cover the cost of one lifesaving mission like hers. Although it was an extreme physical challenge, she wowed us all by completing a triathlon in 2020, cycling 10km, running 25km and swimming 400m. Congratulations Jael, what a truly amazing achievement! We cannot thank you enough.
Please, donate as much as you can today and keep our critical care crews attending local lifesaving missions. We work closely with the NHS on a daily basis yet receive no government funding and rely on the kind donations of supporters in our community.
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