A lifesaving mission by Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex
Isaac, his 24-week pregnant mum Olivia and his dad Michael were on the way to a wedding rehearsal, where Isaac was page boy, when the family’s car was struck from behind while stationary in a queue of traffic on a 60mph road.
Olivia remembers: “I turned around and saw Isaac. He looked as though he was sleeping, like he’d fallen asleep on the journey, but I quickly realised that he’d been knocked unconscious in the collision.
“Fortunately, a nurse was also queuing in the traffic on the other side of the road and came to help us. We got Isaac out of the car and the nurse began giving him some oxygen. That’s when we saw the dent in his head, on his frontal bone. I can still picture it now. I later learnt that he’d suffered a depressed skull fracture.
“Everything else went by in a bit of a blur. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex had arrived in their helicopter. I was in so much shock that I didn’t hear the aircraft land. The crew intubated Isaac at the side of the road. By this point his head had swollen up and you couldn’t actually see the dent.
“Michael and I went in the helicopter with Isaac to Kings College Hospital in London. I felt so reassured by the crew. I couldn’t hear anything in the aircraft, but the paramedic kept putting his thumb up to me. It was such a small thing, but it meant so much. It made me feel as though Isaac was completely safe.”
Isaac spent 24 hours in intensive care, until he’d had surgery on his skull and spent 12 days in hospital in total. Thankfully, Olivia, her unborn child and husband Michael were not injured.
Olivia continues: “Isaac was so young when the accident happened, so it’s tricky to see any lasting effects, but he’s definitely a fighter. He turns five in September and is doing really well. Thankfully he doesn’t remember the crash anymore, but he knows how much the air ambulance helped him and understands what the charity does for people. We always wave and say thank you when we see the helicopters flying past.
“I still can’t believe that Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex is a charity. They really deserve support, because you just never know when you might need them.
”If it weren’t for people raising funds for Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, the service wouldn’t exist and Isaac might not be alive today”.