Patient Stories

Here you will find a number of real-life stories from people whose lives have been changed by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  Unless a patient gets in touch with the Charity after needing our services, we may never find out how they are doing.  Due to patient confidentiality, we do not hold any medical records and are unable to approach people ourselves.  In many instances, people do take the time to contact us explaining details of their incident and giving approval for us to tell others.

We appreciate that reliving such an experience can sometimes be traumatic, but in our experience we have found that many patients get comfort from telling their tale.  Some are re-united with the crew who played a part on the day and in most cases, become friend and supporters of the Charity.  A big thank you goes to the brave people below, who did just that.

 

I lost some of my freckles!

Maisie Sheridan is known for singing and performing at events around Dorset. On 16th September 2016, Maisie was involved in a serious road traffic incident. Her mum Ali tells us more...

 

 

 

 

I could easily have gone into cardiac arrest

Brigit needed our help after waking up one morning with a strange feeling in her chest. Without the speed and skills of our Critical Care Team, Brigit’s outcome might not have been so positive...

 

 

 

 

In one split moment your life      

can change

Martin Price was involved in a serious motorcycle incident. In one split second, Martin was left with life-changing injuries. In their own words, he and his wife Carolyn bravely tell us what happened that day….

 

 

 

We would be extremely lucky if he made it through the night!

Keston Brill was out bird watching on his own at Sand Point near Weston-Super-Mare. He used to do this most weekends, however on this particular day after climbing to the top of Sand Point he collapsed...

 

 

 

They truly are my heroes in the sky!

Janie Fieldhouse suffered serious injuries whilst out cycling. She has very little recollection of what happened that day, but with the help of family and friends, has pieced together some of the elements and kindly shares them with us...

 

 

 

I felt fine one minute and then suddenly collapsed

Whilst visiting his local gym, David Little suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. DSAA were deployed to the scene using the Critical Care Car and reached David in 8 minutes. Thanks to the quick response of staff and the use of a defibrillator held at the site, he is here today to tell his tale...

 

 

 

I was so very lucky to have survived

After being involved in a serious incident involving a cement lorry, Lee Robbins and his mum Liz kindly share details of how not one, but two air ambulances joined the other emergency services to play a part in a rescue mission which saved Lee’s life...

 

 

 

Kenn Duffield

You are amazing!

Kenn Duffield was the very first patient airlifted by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance back in 2000.  He was riding his motorcycle to work when he collided with a car and was sent hurtling 26 metres along the road....