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Saturday 25 January 2020

Lucky patients get a chance to thank their rescuers

Gavin Chadwick (6), from Moneygall, who was accidentally run over by a ride-on lawn mower last May, with Capt. Alan Bray who transported him to hospital. Photo: Collins
Gavin Chadwick (6), from Moneygall, who was accidentally run over by a ride-on lawn mower last May, with Capt. Alan Bray who transported him to hospital. Photo: Collins

Cillian Sherlock

A mother has told how her six-year-old son almost lost his leg when he was injured in a horrific lawnmower accident at their home.

Yvonne Chadwick, from Moneygall Co Offaly said her son Gavin lost a critical amount of blood and would have lost his leg had it not been for the Air Corps 112 which transported him in just 16 minutes to hospital. The journey would have taken almost two hours by ambulance.

The accident occurred on May 1 when Gavin ran into the back garden to show his father his new shorts.

His father was reversing the drive-on lawnmower at the time and Gavin's leg became stuck underneath it. "It's every parent's worst nightmare. It's absolutely horrific. It's traumatic and you couldn't even describe it," Yvonne Chadwick said.

"We had to call the emergency services and the ambulance got to our house in ten minutes and stopped the bleeding. He was in shock by that time, we all were.

"They decided to ring the air ambulance to bring him to Galway. It was like a blur," Yvonne said. "All the emergency services were amazing. We wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn't for the Air Corps," she said.

Lee Keely from Wexford with Airman Jamie O’Sullivan who was one of the crew members who saved his life aboard the Aer Corps Augusta AW139 helicopter after a car accident. Photo: Collins
Lee Keely from Wexford with Airman Jamie O’Sullivan who was one of the crew members who saved his life aboard the Aer Corps Augusta AW139 helicopter after a car accident. Photo: Collins

Gavin has some scarring from the accident and is in contact with plastic surgeons and physiotherapists.

"It is a lifetime disfigurement. But from 16 weeks ago he's made a huge recovery. We thought initially he may lose the leg. Thank god he didn't," Yvonne said.

The family wanted to express their thanks to University Hospital Galway staff and to the crew of Air Corps 112.

Earlier this year, the Irish Air Corps marked five years of the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS). In that time almost 3,000 patients have been assisted by Aer Corps personnel. To mark the occasion the Irish Air Corps, with the National Ambulance Service held a family day at the Casement Aerodrome for the patients, and their families yesterday. It was an opportunity for patients, their families and the Air Corps personnel to engage and reflect on their experiences together.

Irish Independent

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