Karen Bass

I was always planning to run the Exeter 10 k again this year but as on previous years my intention was to enter the event , train for it and hopefully complete it . I don't like asking people for sponsorship money and quite honestly can't be bothered with the hassle of collecting the money afterwards, I'm too lazy for that . But just before Christmas a close friend of mine and my daughter's "riding mummy" had a very near fatal accident whilst out riding .Her horse reared upright and fell on top of her shattering her pelvis and causing life threatening blood loss.
The Dorset and Somerset ambulance attended along side the regular land ambulance .I don't want to belittle the great work of the regular paramedics , they too played a vital role. However the DSAA can be at the scene of an accident in less than 20 minutes and carries with it emergency blood. It was the blood that our friend so desperately needed. The crew then airlifted her to the nearest major trauma unit at Southmead Hospital in Bristol where they arrived within 20 minutes.
She went straight to The Intensive Care Unit and once her condition was stabilised she underwent surgery to fix her broken pelvis.
I am so happy to say that my friend is now at home convalescing and getting stronger and doing more and more each day. She realises how fortunate she is to be here today and that is largely thanks to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance .

Karen Bass