Family man Nigel Barclay was returning home after mountain biking with a friend. The father of 2 was just 250 metres away from his home, when he suddenly collided with a car. The 46 year old suffered traumatic injuries including multiple skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, a fractured pelvis, 2 broken legs and chest injuries. A passerby dialled the number logged as “home” on his mobile phone, and Nigel’s wife frantically ran barefoot to the scene.
Due to the severity of Nigel’s injuries, the air ambulance was dispatched. Whilst Nigel’s wife looked fearfully on, our medical crew performed a rapid medical assessment of the patient, before starting emergency life-saving treatment at the roadside.
Our medical crew firstly administered an emergency anaesthetic. They then, in order to release air and blood that had become trapped in Nigel’s chest cavity, carried out a thoracostomy; a procedure usually only performed in hospital.
After the remainder of Nigel’s injuries were rapidly stabilised, he was airlifted to St George’s Hospital in London, where a specialist team had been alerted to receive him.
1 year after his accident, he spoke of his amazing recovery at the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network Conference. Nigel met air ambulance Director of Operations, Leigh Curtis, who explained that the severity of his injuries categorised them as immediately life-threatening.
Nigel said, “If it wasn’t for the treatment I received at the scene of my accident, and the fast transportation to a London hospital, I would not be here today. When I went back to St George’s, they said I had defied all odds because they never thought I would make it.”