Clover leaf found on crash survivor
Published 24/06/2010 | 17:11
Medics found a four-leaf clover stuck to the back of a young driver who survived a crash which left him speared through the chest by a fence post, it has been revealed.
Raymond Curry, 20, was on his way to work when his Vauxhall Corsa overturned and rolled through a fence into a field near his home in Cramlington, Northumberland, on June 13.
He was flown to hospital still impaled by the piece of wood, which by chance had missed all his vital organs.
Two other posts had pierced his wrecked hatchback, but missed him by inches. An air freshener inside the car somehow ended up inside his wounds, and was later removed.
It was at hospital that the lucky clover leaf was found on his back.
Mr Curry is now recovering at home after having surgery to remove the stake, and part of his bowel.
He told the Evening Chronicle newspaper after the crash that he felt incredible pain and believed he was going to die.
He told the newspaper: "I know how lucky I am to be alive. I'd never even seen a four-leaf clover until this happened, so it was good timing, I suppose."
Paramedic Jane Peacock, from the Great North Air Ambulance, was one of the team who treated Mr Curry.
She said: "It gave me a good chuckle when I heard afterwards about the four-leaf clover. On the scene he was stable but you do not know what is happening internally."