Episode 8 Helicopter Heroes


Episode 8

A worker is trapped in a bottling machine, a journalist makes the news in a rural car crash and the team races to save the life of the hero of a rail disaster.


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If you're critically ill or seriously injured in a place

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like this, there's only one thing that can save you and that's speed.

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It doesn't matter where you are, this helicopter, with its highly trained team of pilots

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and paramedics will fly to your rescue at two and a half miles a minute.

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These are Yorkshire's Helicopter Heroes.

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When the people of England's biggest county dial 999,

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there's a good chance help will come from the skies.

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The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is ready to scramble 365 days a year

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and each one brings a new life or death emergency.

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Today on Helicopter Heroes, there's an accident in a dairy and a worker is trapped in a machine.

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A piece of metal has gone all the way through his hand.

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A trainee journalist hits the headlines when he crashes his car.

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We've got a potential sucking chest wound there.

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The team return to the scene of a rail disaster for another life or death emergency.

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The carriages were in that field.

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And up in the Peak District, a girl on a go-cart needs help.

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Can you move all your arms and legs, yeah? You can?

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Everything about this machine is designed to make it easier for pilots and paramedics.

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It takes just one press on one button to start the engines

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and most of the dials have been replaced by TV screens,

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but whenever you mix man and machine there is a risk something could go wrong.

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Helimed 98. We've a lift on this detail near Huddersfield.

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ETA approximately six minutes, over.

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Helimed 98 is leaving Sheffield Airport for the Pennine hills.

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We're going to a location just south of Huddersfield.

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We've had reports there that someone's got their hand caught

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in some machinery and they are still trapped at this stage.

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Emley Moor on the nose.

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The Emley Moor TV transmitter is as tall as the Empire State building

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and the crew are heading for a farm in its shadow.

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Jason Bentley was bottling milk in the small dairy unit when his hand became trapped.

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He seems calm, but he's being brave.

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A piece of metal has gone all the way through his palm pinning him to the machine.

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Helimed 98, over, now landing at Emley Moor.

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As pilot Tim Taylor circles over the farm, he spots a landing hazard in the nearby field.

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-We've got a wire that runs...

-Yeah, I was going to say...

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Have you seen that one? It's running all the way straight across the...

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-..the yard.

-There's wires and livestock everywhere.

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What about in where the silver car is there, your three o'clock, Tim?

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Yeah, there's wires at rudder and there's horses this side.

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Oh, yeah, yeah. I can see them now.

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But he manages to find a field 100 metres away.

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Inside the dairy, Jason is going nowhere.

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He and a fire service crew are waiting for paramedics,

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Peter Vallance and Paul Bradbury before they start to try and free him.

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-It's a penetrating injury, Lee, straight through his hand.

-Right.

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It's obvious Jason is in real pain and it's only when Paul and Pete

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have a good look at how he's trapped do they see why.

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There's a piece of metal,

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has actually gone all the way through his hand.

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Thankfully, he's in quite a sterile area

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so the chance of infection is reduced.

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It's not as if a rusty nail has gone into his hand.

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The crew normally ask for a pain score out of 10,

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but Jason is off the scale and is being remarkably calm.

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The gas and air is helping, but they must try

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and figure out a way of getting him out of the machine without causing more pain.

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The Fire Brigade at the moment are looking for the easiest way to actually remove the...

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the piece of metal that's there.

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So what we're looking at doing is cutting it off

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about a foot away from his hand and actually taking part of the machinery with us to hospital,

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then it can be removed in much better circumstances

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than trying to do it in an environment such as this.

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Despite his pain and predicament, Jason is showing extraordinary dedication to his job.

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Will I be back at work today?

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There's a load of milk to bottle up today, you know what I mean?

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So, we're already an hour back.

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As the Fire Brigade prepare a power saw to cut through the metal bar going through his hand,

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Jason has some suggestions as to where they cut.

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If you cut there you can do one cut and then it'll come away.

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But paramedic, Paul points out a practical problem.

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You won't make it too big?

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It'll not fit in the helicopter.

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Jason is already in immense pain and everyone knows it's going to hurt a lot more when they start cutting,

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so paramedic, Pete tries to get some morphine into Jason before they start.

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A combination of factors including shock and cold are making it impossible to find a vein.

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-Can't you find it?

-No, mate, I'm afraid not at this moment in time.

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Now we can't get a vein as he's shut down.

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They need to get him out, so without extra pain relief Jason gives them the go ahead.

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-Go on. Give it a go, give it a go.

-Go on, see what it's like.

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No, no, no, no!

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-No.

-As expected the bar through his hand vibrates and it's too much for Jason.

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I'm not bothered who or how many people hold it, you're not

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cutting it yet until I get some more pain relief.

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It's absolutely killing now, really.

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The Air Ambulance crew need to figure out how to get

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pain-killing morphine into Jason and the Fire Brigade need to get some more powerful cutters.

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For now, Jason has to wait.

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Coming up, the Fire Brigade call in more muscle to free their patient.

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The team fly to the rescue of a rail crash hero.

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And an elderly driver is teetering on the edge of a Derbyshire peak.

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You must be talking, 80, 100 feet to go down here in into that next bit.

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It's not surprising these guys are the regular stars of local newspapers and TV.

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Everything they do is news, but it's not often they find a journalist on scene before they even arrive.

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It's early morning and it's wet.

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The Sheffield Helimed crew have only just driven into work

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and now they have another long journey ahead of them.

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Helimed 98 has just lifted Sheffield for the route into Whitby.

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Request flight information service and clearance to climb into the zone.

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The early shout means paramedic, Pat

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and pilot Tim haven't had a chance to settle into their morning routine.

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Shakes the cobwebs, Pat, eh?

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Shakes the cobwebs in the morning.

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-Just a little bit.

-We've not had a cuppa yet.

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Helimed 98 from Yorkshire Air Centre, the patient is still in the vehicle.

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It sounds as if he had a nasty arm injury and he was bleeding quite badly.

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This WAS a Vauxhall Corsa and its driver is 22 years old.

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The accident is on the remote Moor's Road linking the Yorkshire coast and Teeside.

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It looks like he's still in the car.

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Yeah.

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Police, ground paramedics, a doctor and the Fire Brigade have already been working hard.

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There is only one car involved in the smash

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and as it's careered out of control, it flipped on to its roof trapping the driver.

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Carl Hansell is a student journalist from Scarborough

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who was driving to his college course when the accident happened.

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He's out of his wrecked car, but badly in need of hospital treatment.

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Tell me about the pain that you've got. Which bit hurts the most?

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-My right shoulder.

-Your right shoulder.

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And do you take any medication for anything?

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No, but I wouldn't mind some.

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You wouldn't mind some? All righty.

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The fire crew have worked hard to get Carl out of this wreck.

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What injuries have we got, Sam?

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Well, we're talking pelvis,

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right shoulder, elbow and lacerations.

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After this sort of impact, Sammy is worried that Carl's injuries

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might not be just the ones she can see.

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-Take a deep breath for me.

-Carl's chest is very swollen.

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-Have you seen it, yeah?

-There in the...

-Yeah.

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We've got a potential sucking chest wound there. It's all right, I've got this one over it.

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Sammy's worried. She's detected a potentially fatal injury in Carl's chest.

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His lung may be in danger of collapsing.

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What we're thinking of doing, Carl, is just putting you into our helicopter and flying to James Cook.

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-Yeah!

-Unfortunately, Carl, you're only going to be on about eight minutes.

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Carl's enthusiastic about flying, but he doesn't know yet

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that Sammy is about to perform an emergency operation on him in the back of the helicopter.

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Coming up, the driver's on his way to hospital, but will his injuries

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end his journalistic career before it's begun?

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A trapped worker's in agony and paramedic, Paul has to use a fearsome new gadget.

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Plus, pilot Tim finds himself flying in the slipstream of the Dambusters.

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-Steady, steady!

-Straight between towers, mate!

-Steady, steady.

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When I was a copper I would have given anything for a view

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of an incident that these guys get, but when you're arriving

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at an emergency getting a bird's eye view of what you're about to deal with can be pretty scary.

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This is the chaotic scene that the Helimed team found one day in 2001.

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A mainline train derailed with 10 people dead and 82 injured.

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The Great Heck train crash is the worst incident the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has ever attended.

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One of the heroes of that they lived yards from the crash.

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72-year-old, Gillian Whittles and her husband rushed from their trackside home

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to help the casualties, but now she needs help.

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Gillian's having a heart attack and Helimed 99 is on the way.

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-Helimed 99, just confirm the grid course 32.

-'600 direct.'

-Roger that.

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For paramedic, Lee Davison, the name of Great Heck brings back unpleasant memories.

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All the engines were in that...

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And all the carriages were in that field.

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It was just horrific.

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But Lee knows he must put his memories to one side and concentrate on helping his next patient.

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The pain is caused when the heart is starved of oxygen, so the longer that the heart is starved of oxygen,

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the more damage there is to the tissues around the heart.

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The muscle itself.

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The faster that we can get patients to hospital and get that blockage

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cleared or whatever is causing that lack of oxygen to get to the muscles, then that's better for the patient.

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Also on board today is Dr Jez Pinnell.

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He is a hospital consultant and his extra skills could be vital.

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There's somebody in this field.

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They're waving their arms about.

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Yeah, yeah. Waving their arms about for access, yeah.

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-And this is the actual site where the train crashed. Here?

-Yeah.

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Exactly this field, because that's the farm that they used.

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They crashed into this field.

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Lee may have been here before but not into this living room.

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He has to try and reassure his patient, Gillian.

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The team quickly connect their patient up to a heart monitor to confirm their suspicions.

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She has got chest pain central, with...

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It looks like she's having two, three AVF elevation with reciprocal changes.

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It's worse than anyone thought. Gillian's having a massive heart attack.

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We're going to fly her into LGI for an angiogram

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and possibly an angioplasty and stenting, depending on what's going on.

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OK, sweetheart, just a sharp scratch, OK?

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I've given her morphine for her pain

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and that seems to be settling.

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She's steady and reasonably stable at the moment.

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Gillian's family all live nearby and have come over to help.

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Great Heck is a small, tight-knit community

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brought even closer together by the tragedy of the train crash.

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Gillian and her husband, Andy, cared for the walking wounded in these very rooms.

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-I've explained to your mum that Leeds do the gold standard...

-Right.

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..for the condition that she's got at the moment, OK?

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So that's why... Hang on.

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-So that's why we'll fly her to Leeds.

-OK, we'll just get her standing up.

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We'll come across in a four-by-four.

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-I think that belongs to the family.

-Right.

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If Gillian is to survive, she needs emergency surgery on her heart

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and that can only be done over 20 miles away at the Leeds General Infirmary.

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It's crucial the team don't waste any time

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and her son quickly drives her round the corner to the waiting helicopter.

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-All right, chaps.

-Thanks.

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-Thanks guys, cheers.

-See you then. Thanks, Jeffrey.

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Good to see you, mate.

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It's been a tough few months for Gillian's family and friends.

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Her husband, Andy, has cancer and she was due to go into hospital for an operation on her gall bladder,

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but now they can only hope that Helimed 99 gets her to the expert care she needs in time.

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We're all set at LGI, so hopefully she'll be on the operating table in the next 15, 20 minutes.

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I'm just going to put some headphones on you, sweetheart, OK?

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Helimed 99 Alpha. We've lifted from close to Egley power station

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and we're inbound to the LGI.

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Just climbing to 1,000 feet, turn around 1009.

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There's little that can be done for heart attack patients out of hospital.

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All Lee can do is make Gillian as comfortable as possible and monitor her condition closely.

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Gillian, how's your pain now?

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Has it eased?

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The journey to Great Heck has brought back some painful memories for the crew.

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It was actually right... It was right early in the morning,

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wasn't it? Did you hear it, were you in bed?

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Yeah.

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Was he?

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Let's hope you never have to see anything like that again, eh?

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As well as being a specialist cardiac centre,

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the Leeds General Infirmary also has a state of the art helipad

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on its roof which means the team can quickly get Gillian on her way to the waiting surgeons.

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We've already phoned the cath lab

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so basically she'll go straight down to there,

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straight on to the operating table

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and they'll put a stent into the artery

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which she's got a blockage in at the moment

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and, hopefully, she'll make a really good recovery.

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The Helimed team fly so many patients to hospital for what's now a routine procedure

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it's easy to forget any cardiac problem can be life-threatening and so it proved in Gillian's case.

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Although the angioplasty treatment went without a hitch,

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there were complications, and for several weeks her condition was critical.

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I were nearly a goner.

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I went into heart failure while I were in there.

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And my pulse used to go over 200 beats a minute

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during the night.

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If they operated it was a 60/40 chance that I'd die.

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I feel lucky that I'm here.

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I'm sorry to say that soon after we spoke to her, Gillian died.

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Her family say that thanks to the Helimed team,

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they had a few more precious months with a very brave lady and to show their appreciation,

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at Gillian's funeral, there was a collection for the Air Ambulance charity.

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Coming up, after an accident on a moor land road the student reporter needs surgery.

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What I'm thinking of doing is just putting a little needle into your chest wall, OK?

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And in the Peak District, paramedic, Pat faces an uphill struggle to reach his patient.

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Your hand has more nerve endings than almost any other part of the body

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and normally that's a good thing, but when you're palm has been pierced by a sharp piece of metal

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and you can't move, that means it's agony.

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At a dairy farm in the Pennines, farm worker Jason Bentley has got

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his hand trapped in a milk bottling machine.

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A piece of it has passed through his palm pinning him to it.

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Paramedics, Pete and Paul try and fail to give him morphine

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as the veins in his arm have shut down with cold and shock.

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Can't you find it?

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No, mate, I'm afraid not at this moment in time.

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So, with minimal pain relief Jason lets the Fire Service try and saw the machinery,

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so he can be flown to hospital with a metal bar still attached.

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-Go on, give it a go, give it a go.

-Go on, see what it's like.

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-No, no, no, no.

-No.

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The attempt fails because the bar vibrates.

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It's killing now, really.

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The Fire Brigade only have one option left now,

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the heavy duty cutters that they use to prise smashed cars apart.

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As they turn on the mobile generator that powers them, paramedic, Paul explains to Jason

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that they're going to have to cut him out without morphine and it's going to be painful.

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Only when he's free from the machine will they try another way to administer painkillers.

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The last option to us is what we call intraossious,

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which we normally use on children, and it's putting a needle

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straight into the bone in the leg. We tend not to use it on adults

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unless they're unconscious, but this guy is in excruciating pain.

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The Entonox we've given him's not touching him.

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We put a needle into his leg, drill a needle into his leg, and give him some morphine through there.

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I've already explained it's going to be painful for him,

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but, we've not got any options available to us at the moment.

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So, with the thought of having a drill put into his leg and with no pain relief,

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Jason allows the Fire Brigade to move in with their cutters.

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-Do you know where the little drill is?

-Yeah.

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Are you holding it? Hold it.

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-Right, now.

-It's going through now. It's going through.

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The metal bar through his hand is twisting.

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Ya (BLEEP)!

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That's it, done.

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Right, Jase, come on, deep breaths, deep breaths.

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-I want that morphine you promised me!

-All right. It's all right.

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After very audibly letting off steam,

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Jason, who seems to be able to tolerate remarkable amounts of pain, is prepared for his next ordeal.

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Paul talks to the fire crew.

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If you guys ease him...

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ease him down, obviously keeping him...

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-And with Jason helping out, the team prepare to move him...

-No.

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Are you doing it or is it easier for me to do it, that's what I'm saying.

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Very carefully, with a large metal bar still attached to his hand.

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Quick, quick, quick, quick.

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Quick, quick, quick, quick.

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The paramedics only use the bone drilling method of giving morphine as a last resort.

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They know it can be painful, so they have one more go at finding a vein in Jason's feet.

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I'm going to tap your leg, Jase.

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Have you got morphine in?

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No. There's diddly squat in your feet, mate.

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Coming up, the paramedics are forced to pull out their painkilling gun.

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And at a place called Surprise View, an elderly motorist has a terrifyingly close look.

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Another turn and it would have gone over and she would have been down in the bracken.

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Now, let's go back to the North York Moors to catch up on the case of a young journalist

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who's found himself the centre of a news story.

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Carl Hansell has been trapped in his car for nearly an hour.

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Among his list of injuries is one that's causing paramedic, Sammy Wills real concern.

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We've got a potential sucking chest wound there.

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It's all right, I got this one over it now.

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He doesn't know it yet,

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but Sammy's about to perform an emergency operation on him in the back of the helicopter.

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I'm going to have to put a little needle in your chest.

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-Have you found it's difficult to breathe at the moment?

-Yeah.

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He needs a surgical procedure usually carried out by a doctor in hospital.

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What I'm thinking of doing is just putting a little needle into your chest wall, OK?

0:21:030:21:07

What's happening at the moment is the air is collecting, all right?

0:21:070:21:11

I can't hear anything, so...

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They have to find the exact spot to insert the needle.

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If they get it wrong, they could puncture internal organs.

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Mid-clavicle,

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third or fourth intercostal.

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Can't feel a rib.

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No, we'll just have to aim.

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There's the rib there, Sam.

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Pat's "little needle" looks pretty big to me.

0:21:350:21:38

Right, you're just going to feel a sharp stab.

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Sharp scratch coming up now.

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-And they've done it.

-Well done, lad.

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Carl is now on the short leg of this journey over the North York Moors

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to Teesside and on to the waiting surgical team at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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-How does your breathing feel at the moment?

-Shallow.

0:22:010:22:06

Carl had to give up his student journalist course after this smash.

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His shoulder blade was in 150 pieces and he lost several litres of blood.

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He was lucky to survive.

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Just four months since the accident, Carl is coming to his local radio station

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to be interviewed about his lucky escape, and to do a bit of job-hunting.

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He's now even more determined to become a journalist.

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It's just made me stronger. I really want to go for it now.

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It's a big commitment,

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so I'm going to have to get back to work.

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I'll try and... Try and get some funding from somewhere.

0:22:410:22:45

Good afternoon. Jonathan's away. You've got Jules for the next three hours.

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Nobody else was involved in Carl's accident

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and he puts it down to the long hours he spent driving to get to college.

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I got onto this dream course, I'd been on it five weeks,

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so I was exhausted from shorthand revision through the night because learning shorthand's a big deal.

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It's like learning a new language, you're practising constantly.

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Having endured a terrible car smash Carl now nervously prepares for his first live interview.

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He wants to do well.

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This will look good on his CV.

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We've had some pretty amazing stories arrive here at BBC Radio York

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as a result of rescues made by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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Carl Hansell joins us now.

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This is interesting. You're going to try and tell me

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the story but you don't remember half the story itself!

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I was driving past Whitby and my car careered into a fence.

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I'm lucky there were no other cars

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because there were other cars on the road and I'm lucky that they weren't involved.

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Presumably you've been knocked about by this and you were unconscious?

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Yeah, my first clear memory was waking up in a hospital with a severely shattered shoulder.

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If there was no Yorkshire Air Ambulance, would you be here talking to me now?

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It's possible I wouldn't. You don't like to think about these things.

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I'm sorry, Mum! But, yeah.

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It's all gone well and he gets to play DJ.

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This is Jack Johnson, Better Together.

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Carl knows he's been very lucky to walk away from this and amazingly,

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there was one more bit of good fortune for our would be journalist.

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It's possibly the only luck I got that day is that it was my right shoulder that shattered

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and I'm actually left-handed, so in terms of affecting me, my life,

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I've been ridiculously lucky in that aspect.

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Yeah. So, life goes on, I can continue to write for my journalism, for example.

0:24:400:24:46

Coming up, a trapped worker's been freed,

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but he's still attached to part of the machine which injured him.

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Actually taking part of the machinery with us to hospital,

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then it can be removed in much better circumstances

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than trying to do it in an environment such as this.

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Everybody likes a bit of fresh air and for millions of people

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the Derbyshire Peak District is the ideal place to get away from it all,

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but that means the Helimed team must get used to landing in some of the UK's most rugged terrain.

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The Peak District is the UK's oldest national park.

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555 square miles of stunning landscape straddling six counties.

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Just 38,000 people live here, but it attracts 22 million visitors every year

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and that's why the Helimed team know it like the backs of their hands.

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The Peak District is a huge playground for thousands of people who want to enjoy a brisk walk

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and take in these views, but for others the only way to get to the top is a full on attack.

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It's the rugged rock faces of the park that attract most people and from paragliders

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to rock climbers they're here for the adrenaline buzz that comes from doing something risky.

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But extreme sports have a habit of ending painfully.

0:26:120:26:15

Helimed 99 has been called to a climber who has fallen at the top of Stanage Edge.

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The weather is perfect for paragliders, but that's bad news for paramedic, Pat Greaken.

0:26:210:26:27

It means the helicopter has to land at the bottom of the valley

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to avoid a collision, so Pat's got to climb to the top the hard way.

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A fractured ankle.

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Up here, it can be difficult getting him down off the fell.

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The out of breath paramedic is going to need Mountain Rescue's help with this patient.

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Ian Dallas from Cheltenham was visiting the peaks with his family when he fell.

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I... We were introducing the kids to climbing on an easy climb

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and I was only eight to 10 feet up

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on a very popular route, turned out to be very slippery

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and a hand jam came out, my feet shot off and I landed upright with the proverbial crack from my right ankle.

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The apprentice climbers are concerned for their father, but he's in pain and his pride hurts a lot.

0:27:090:27:15

Something's cracked. Never had anything like this before, I'm afraid.

0:27:150:27:18

We've climbed all around the world and you go and do it on something stupid and simple like this.

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Meanwhile, at the bottom of the hill Mountain Rescue have begun to arrive in force.

0:27:230:27:27

There's enough work to keep seven separate teams busy in the peaks.

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We want to be thought of as local teams, part of the community,

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and that's how we go about it.

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And some have a personal reason for turning out to help.

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20 years ago it was me up there with a broken leg and somebody came to fetch me, so I'm just...

0:27:420:27:47

I'm just paying back what they paid me all those years ago.

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When the footpaths are covered with boulders you need ingenuity to transport the injured up here

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and this is how Ian's going to get off the fellside today.

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At the top of the hill Mountain Rescue doctor, Steve Rowe has taken over treating Ian's ankle.

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He's a climber himself.

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The bottom bit was very slippy where lots of people have climbed on it over the years.

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Beyond that it's a very nice route, but the bottom is a bit treacherous.

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With his ankle splinted, Ian's ready for his lift off the fellside.

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It's difficult to tell if it's broken or sprained.

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He can't walk so we'll carry him

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in a Mountain Rescue stretcher and check him out at the road head.

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Ian's injury is too minor to earn him a flight to hospital,

0:28:260:28:31

he's going to go by road instead, but such is the remoteness of this place even the most minor incident

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can turn into something life-threatening, especially in winter.

0:28:380:28:42

When snow falls up here you've got to take it seriously

0:28:460:28:50

and getting around on the roads has its dangers in mid-winter.

0:28:500:28:54

-OK, well I'll just...

-It's a road traffic... A car overturned in traffic. Over.

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On a road in the heart of the peaks, an overturned car is balanced precariously

0:28:590:29:04

on the edge of a 300-foot ravine known as Surprise View.

0:29:040:29:08

Yeah, we believe that this area is within an hour's drive

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of about 10 million people, so obviously a lot of people come through this area.

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Across at two o'clock, flashing blue light.

0:29:160:29:18

-Two o'clock, yeah, I can see it.

-This is a holiday area

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and the roads can be lethal for drivers unfamiliar with the local switchbacks and sharp bends.

0:29:220:29:28

It's not going to be an easy landing for pilot, Matt Tachon.

0:29:280:29:31

Have a quick look out the right door at the rear rights please, mate.

0:29:310:29:34

-OK.

-Should be all right.

-Cracking the door.

-But with paramedic, Pat's help, he's down.

0:29:340:29:39

-OK on the right. You're on the path on the right on the right skid.

-Left's clear, mate.

0:29:390:29:43

-Left one is on the pad.

-Heli down.

0:29:430:29:44

Pensioner, Patricia Raydan is trapped in her car.

0:29:460:29:49

Fire-fighters fear she's badly hurt and one has climbed into her upturned Volvo to protect her neck.

0:29:490:29:56

There's not a lot we can do until they get her out.

0:29:560:29:58

They'll cut the roof off and lift her out. She's moving.

0:29:580:30:01

She says her neck... Her neck and shoulder are sore, but...

0:30:010:30:04

The car has come to a rest, feet from the edge.

0:30:040:30:08

It's probably saved Patricia's life.

0:30:080:30:09

You must be talking 80, 100 feet to go down here and into that next bit. So, she's been lucky.

0:30:090:30:16

Another turn of the car and it would have gone straight over and the momentum...

0:30:160:30:20

Well, she would have been down in the bracken.

0:30:200:30:22

It looks like she's come up the hill here

0:30:220:30:25

and hit the banking and somehow, you can see the marks on the road, which has flicked her over on to her side.

0:30:250:30:30

But she's an elderly lady and, you know,

0:30:300:30:33

she's not remembered anything of the accident which is a bit of a concern.

0:30:330:30:36

Paramedics, Lee and Pat need to reach their patient.

0:30:360:30:40

Because it's on the roof, we don't want to roll it

0:30:400:30:42

when she's sat with her legs out of the window,

0:30:420:30:45

sat facing with her back to the seat of the chair.

0:30:450:30:48

The Fire Brigade are going to cut the roof off so we can get access to the lady.

0:30:480:30:51

Anyone not doing anything, come and stand back a little bit. Come and stand back.

0:30:510:30:56

The Fire Brigade are having trouble freeing Patricia.

0:30:560:31:00

The car is solidly built and their cutting gear is working overtime.

0:31:000:31:05

One fire-fighter has been inside the car now for 20 minutes.

0:31:060:31:11

We actually put one in there to put a collar on her because she was complaining of spine injuries.

0:31:110:31:16

We need someone in there to put blankets right her and to put what we called the soft shielding

0:31:160:31:21

and hard shielding to protect her from flying debris.

0:31:210:31:25

Patricia was driving across the Pennines from her home in Southport

0:31:250:31:28

to visit her daughter and grandchildren in Sheffield.

0:31:280:31:31

Despite being trapped Patricia was able to ring her daughter on her mobile phone.

0:31:320:31:37

Now she's arrived to help Pat with her mum's medical history.

0:31:370:31:41

-Does your mum have any medical problems?

-She's on...

0:31:410:31:44

-She's on medication. It'll be in her bag on the back of the car.

-What's it for?

0:31:440:31:48

She told me she has hypertension.

0:31:480:31:49

Hypertension and that... Any heart problems?

0:31:490:31:52

-Heart problems, no. She's all right, she still OK in there?

-Yeah, she's sat there.

0:31:520:31:56

At last the Fire Brigade have finished cutting

0:31:560:32:00

and the Helimed team can finally examine their patient.

0:32:000:32:03

Hello, Pat. Do you remember anything of the accident, Pat?

0:32:030:32:06

Do you remember what you were doing before the accident?

0:32:060:32:09

-I didn't hit my head or anything.

-No, I'm just making sure, love. Trying to get the glass out and stuff.

0:32:090:32:14

There's glass all over the place.

0:32:140:32:16

She can't remember anything of the accident which makes me wonder whether she's...

0:32:160:32:20

-Blacked out.

-Yeah, whacked it... Or whacked her head on the side

0:32:200:32:23

of the gate post when she's gone over onto this position.

0:32:230:32:26

Patricia's been lucky.

0:32:260:32:27

Despite rolling her car and stopping feet short of a 300 foot drop

0:32:270:32:32

she's escaped with little more than bruising. Her daughter is relieved.

0:32:320:32:36

All right, you daft thing? Are you going to be all right? They're going to take you...

0:32:360:32:40

You are going to be all right.

0:32:400:32:41

They're just going to go and examine your shoulder and neck.

0:32:410:32:45

-Sorry I ruined your weekend.

-You haven't ruined any weekend.

0:32:450:32:48

As long as you're all right, that's what matters.

0:32:480:32:50

Patricia's going to complete her journey to Sheffield as she started, by road.

0:32:500:32:55

It's too risky to carry her stretcher up the steep slope back to Helimed 98,

0:32:550:32:58

but before that weekend at her daughters, there'll be a trip to hospital

0:32:580:33:04

for a check-up just in case.

0:33:040:33:06

No-one loves flying in the peaks more than pilot, Tim Taylor.

0:33:070:33:10

He's a military historian and he knows that Derwent Valley

0:33:100:33:15

is where the wartime Dambusters trained for their famous bombing raid.

0:33:150:33:19

And the route to today's case allows him to fly in their slipstream.

0:33:230:33:27

Look at that! Across the dams.

0:33:290:33:33

-Steady...

-Straight between towers, mate.

0:33:330:33:35

Steady!

0:33:350:33:38

Bomb gone!

0:33:380:33:39

Boing, boing, boing!

0:33:390:33:42

Everything about the Peak District is outsized, including the hills.

0:33:460:33:51

If you are relying on your legs, getting around can be hard work,

0:33:510:33:55

but when you're heading downhill gravity has its dangers too.

0:33:550:34:00

Near the picturesque village of Grindleford,

0:34:000:34:02

12-year-old Briony Kirkman has found that out the hard way.

0:34:020:34:05

Two kiddies playing on a go cart.

0:34:050:34:09

One was on... There were both on at the same time.

0:34:110:34:13

-Yeah.

-Fell over.

0:34:130:34:15

One seems to be all right apart from scratches

0:34:150:34:18

and that sort of thing, the other one has banged her head on the road.

0:34:180:34:21

No helmets, needless to say.

0:34:210:34:23

No? There's a surprise.

0:34:230:34:25

The trippers are out in force in the peaks and every ambulance in the area is busy.

0:34:250:34:30

-Luckily for Briony, Helimed 99 has flown to the rescue with paramedic, Darren Axe.

-Hi, Les.

0:34:300:34:36

-This is Briony, she's 12 years old.

-Hello.

0:34:360:34:38

She was stood on those and grabbing on while her friend was steering,

0:34:380:34:42

gave it big licks coming down here, as they should, at their age.

0:34:420:34:45

-Yeah.

-And they've lost control of it.

0:34:450:34:47

Have you got pins and needles anywhere?

0:34:470:34:50

Yeah, just in this hand where... where...

0:34:500:34:52

-It's this, the left one.

-The left one, OK.

0:34:520:34:54

I've tried to uncover that and it doesn't stick to it.

0:34:540:34:58

Can you move your arms and legs?

0:34:580:35:00

-Yeah, we have.

-Yeah, you can?

0:35:000:35:02

Can you remember everything that happened?

0:35:020:35:04

No, not when I fell off.

0:35:040:35:06

-Now when you fell off?

-No.

0:35:060:35:08

That could mean Briony's been knocked out. It could be a bad sign.

0:35:080:35:12

Children's skulls fracture more easily than adults,

0:35:120:35:15

but it's also easy to worry them so Darren's keeping it light.

0:35:150:35:20

-Briony, how old are you?

-12.

-12. Are you married?

-No.

-No!

0:35:200:35:23

Briony was playing with a friend when the accident happened.

0:35:230:35:26

Mum wasn't expecting a trip to Accident & Emergency.

0:35:260:35:32

So, nothing to be frightened of.

0:35:320:35:34

We won't hurt you. We're not going to drag you around or poke you with things.

0:35:340:35:38

We're going to put some little things on you so we can see what's happened.

0:35:380:35:41

As soon as I came the paramedic said that he thought everything should be OK.

0:35:410:35:45

I mean, obviously, there's no guarantees,

0:35:450:35:47

but it's just not very nice seeing her being taken away in that, so...

0:35:470:35:51

The Helimed team are taking no chances.

0:35:510:35:54

Briony's spine has been immobilised for the flight to hospital in Chesterfield.

0:35:540:35:59

But she's still cheerful.

0:35:590:36:01

Because I'll probably...

0:36:010:36:03

You'll probably, like, you know...

0:36:030:36:06

-Drop you!

-Yeah!

0:36:060:36:08

People who live in the Peak District know that if they need urgent medical treatment,

0:36:080:36:13

the narrow local lanes and notorious traffic jamming them mean that help can be a long way away.

0:36:130:36:19

This way Briony will be in hospital in five minutes.

0:36:190:36:24

And she was soon back home.

0:36:240:36:26

Her injuries turned out to be minor.

0:36:260:36:28

But the Helimed team know it won't be long before they're heading back to the peaks.

0:36:280:36:33

The downside to life in the hills.

0:36:350:36:39

Now, in a dairy in West Yorkshire the operation to free a trapped man is reaching its climax.

0:36:390:36:45

Jason Bentley was bottling milk when he became impaled.

0:36:460:36:49

Paramedics, Paul Bradbury and Pete Vallance could only give him minimal pain relief

0:36:490:36:54

before the fire service cut him out with a metal bar still running through his hand.

0:36:540:36:58

Ya (BLEEP)!

0:36:580:37:02

So, what we're looking at doing

0:37:020:37:04

is taking part of the machinery with us to hospital,

0:37:040:37:07

then it can be removed in better circumstances

0:37:070:37:10

than trying to do it in an environment such as this.

0:37:100:37:13

But before that, they must give him some morphine

0:37:130:37:17

and the only way of doing it is by drilling into his leg and into a bone.

0:37:170:37:21

What Jason doesn't know is that paramedic, Paul has never done this before.

0:37:210:37:26

We actually drill into the bone and the centre of your bone

0:37:260:37:30

is very rich in blood supply so any drug given to that's very effective.

0:37:300:37:35

It's... It's like a little battery-powered drill

0:37:350:37:37

and he'll be in agony for probably about a second

0:37:370:37:41

until it actually goes in and then hopefully

0:37:410:37:43

we can start giving him some morphine and it will ease the pain for him.

0:37:430:37:47

paramedic, Paul has some encouraging words of advice.

0:37:470:37:51

Now, look away for this bit, Jase.

0:37:510:37:53

While Pete finds the exact spot for him to drill...

0:37:530:37:58

-Happy there?

-Yeah.

0:37:580:38:00

Steady, Jase.

0:38:000:38:01

One, two, three.

0:38:050:38:07

..and the hollow needle is in,

0:38:070:38:09

with an understandable reaction from Jason.

0:38:090:38:12

(BLEEP)

0:38:120:38:13

-What are you doing to me?!

-It's done.

0:38:130:38:15

Before they can get the morphine in, they must first draw out some bone marrow.

0:38:180:38:22

-I've just... That bit's fine.

-And then flush it out with some water.

0:38:220:38:26

-A big flush.

-Jason gets another pain warning.

0:38:260:38:30

This might be painful as it goes through as well.

0:38:300:38:32

It's because it's cold water, Jase. You might feel it.

0:38:320:38:35

Aah! Stop it!

0:38:350:38:37

Keep sucking, keep sucking.

0:38:370:38:39

Just count to five and it'll be done.

0:38:390:38:42

And at last, the morphine.

0:38:420:38:45

There's morphine is going in now, Jase.

0:38:450:38:48

It is painful when you first start putting

0:38:480:38:51

any sort of fluids through it because the pressure within the...

0:38:510:38:54

Within the bone itself causes that pain sensation.

0:38:540:38:57

That's now subsided and the morphine should be getting round into his system very quickly.

0:38:570:39:02

But the new pain gun has worked.

0:39:020:39:05

Jason is much more comfortable now.

0:39:050:39:08

The whole emergency operation has been watched by his workmates.

0:39:080:39:12

He's desperate to get back to his job at the dairy,

0:39:120:39:15

but Jason won't be working any time soon,

0:39:150:39:17

and neither will the machine they've had to chop apart to free him.

0:39:170:39:21

Within the hour, Jason was being operated on.

0:39:250:39:27

Paramedics, Peter and Paul returned to base full of praise for their patient.

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I think if he'd not been able to keep his head

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and tolerate the amount of pain that he was going through then it would have made it much more difficult

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-to work with him to get him freed from that situation.

-That's not fixed.

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You can cut there. You can do one cut and...

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On the whole he was calm and he assisted us and he even

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gave some sort of advice to the fire service.

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Because he's used to working with that bit of kit he knew where the best place to cut it would be.

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Unfortunately, Jase was in quite a lot of pain.

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I think at one time he said it was 50 out of 10, which rates quite highly!

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Yah (BLEEP)!

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Yeah, think if I'd got a metal bar stuck through my hand, I think

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I'd be screaming and shouting like Jason was, so I can't blame him

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for the choice of language that he used when he was...

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when he was at his worst pain!

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You know, I think I would have been exactly the same and most people would be.

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The SAS have used this to drill quickly to get morphine into wounded soldiers.

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For Paul, this was a first.

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Yeah, it's just like a normal little electric screwdriver-type drill

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and when you're pushing against it initially there was no sort of movement at all.

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Obviously, once it's pierced the skin you're against the cortex of the bone, which obviously is rock hard.

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And then eventually, there's a give and it goes straight into the bone,

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but you can't to go too far

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or you're going to, come out the other side or at least

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go into the back part of the bone so you're not going to get the same effect.

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It was a team effort to sort Jason out and one which paid off.

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Once the metal bar was removed, hand surgery followed,

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then two days in hospital and Jason was soon back at work.

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When Helicopter Heroes comes back, there's a major road accident.

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Were having difficulty getting through. the weather's bad up here.

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And the Helimed team are battling appalling weather.

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One of the RAF's top gun ejects.

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So at the moment he's quite severe pain, but he is stable.

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Why this teenage show jumper looked a little familiar to paramedic, Darren Axe.

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As far as I'm aware, she'll be the first repeat customer that we've ever had.

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And a young biker proves wearing the right safety gear can't always save you from serious injury.

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How does that feel?

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Does that feel normal?

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