A heart rendering story

Dave Bladen from Broseley in Shropshire visits the Cosford base of Midlands Air Ambulance every Christmas loaded with all kinds of festive goodies for the flight crew. It’s Dave’s way of saying a big ‘thank you’ to the helicopter crew for saving his life in September 2007. On that day in 2007, it started as a normal working day for Dave. He was driving a lorry around the local area and was heading for a farm in Much Wenlock when he became unwell. When he finally arrived at the farm, Dave was suffering severe chest pain and was clearly in need of urgent medical attention. The Ambulance Service was called and an ambulance was quickly on the scene to help Dave. Helimed 03 from Cosford was returning to its Cosford base from another mission in the Shropshire area. The air crew received the call to assist with Dave’s worsening condition and immediately diverted to the Hughley farm near Much Wenlock. Dave was treated at the scene by the flight crew before being airlifted to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton for life saving treatment. Remembering that day in 2007, Dave said: “Without any doubt, I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the Air Ambulance. I felt ill during the day and the pain got much worse when I reached the farm. After that it became a blur as the medics arrived. I seem to have lost all sense of time as I woke up in New Cross Hospital. I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me.” Dave returns regularly to the Cosford base to meet up with crew members, including flight Paramedic Becky Tinsley, pictured with him on a recent visit. Dave and his family and friends are also big supporters of the Charity, hosting fundraising events as a way of thanking the service for the help given in 2007.

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991 48,688 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.