As soon as Ben left college and started working in a hospital A&E department, he knew he wanted to join the Ambulance Service and become a Paramedic.
Ben joined the Ambulance Service in 2002 when he was 21 years old, and worked for 12 years at a couple of different stations in the local area. Ben enjoyed the new challenges that each day brought.
As a Paramedic working for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Ben works closely with the Doctor to ensure we can deliver life-saving care to those in need.
Ben recollects a particular moment when he felt his work with the charity truly made a difference:
"I remember attending an incident where a young lady had lost control of her vehicle and hit a tree. We arrived to find her trapped in the car, requiring intervention from the fire service to free her.
She was losing consciousness and her blood pressure was dropping. We worked hard to fight this. After 45 minutes she was finally free from the car but had sustained very serious injuries to her pelvis and legs. She had lost a lot of blood and without an immediate intervention she would likely not survive the journey to hospital.
We administered blood at the scene and in the aircraft she briefly regained consciousness. We flew her directly to a Major Trauma Centre in London where she underwent multiple operations and remained in the ITU for a long time.
In May this year, after more than a year of operations, treatment and rehabilitation, this patient returned to visit us, now out of a wheelchair and without crutches. She visited with her mother and it was quite an emotional reunion - one which will stay with me for a very long time!"
Without your support, our team simply would not be able to make such a massive difference to those who need us. Thank you for your support.