A young driver is raising money for the helicopter heroes who saved his life after he was critically injured in a road crash.
Holbeach man Adam Brooker (23) received potentially fatal head and internal injuries when his works van was crushed by a lorry.
Magpas Helimedix stabilised Adam while he was trapped in the wreckage but, after he was freed by firefighters, a doctor from the team placed him in a medically induced coma at the roadside.
He was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where surgeons operated for six-and-a-half hours to remove two blood clots from his brain. Adam spent eight days in intensive care and finally came out of Addenbrooke’s a month later.
The crash happened at about 7.30am on October 8 on the A47 at Wansford and it has taken ten months for Adam’s shattered body to be repaired.
Adam’s journey back to health involved learning to read again, a skill he lost because of his brain injury.
He’s due to begin a phased return to work next week but he’s already planning a 50-mile sponsored bike ride with his dad, Reece (51), and 11 pals. They will ride from Holbeach to the Magpas air base at RAF Wyton on September 26 to raise cash for Magpas.
Adam said: “I have set a target of £1,200. Each flight costs £600. They came out to me at the roadside and then they flew me to Addenbrooke’s so I want to pay for my travel.”
Adam was on his usual morning commute to work as an engineer in Leicester when he had his brush with death.
His mum, Lorna (53), was at work when the call came through and soon afterwards there was a police car on her driveway and she thought the worst. She recalls screaming at the police officer Mark Lappin “is he dead?”, but he assured her he had just come from the scene and that Adam was being taken to hospital.
Lorna and Reece were “blue-lighted” in a police car to Addenbrooke’s by PC Lappin, who told them: “I have got children and I would want to be there.”
The couple saw Adam at 1.20pm and Lorna recalls: “He just looked as if he was asleep.”
But their “sleeping” son had a catalogue of injuries as well as blood clots on the brain.
His injuries included:
n A fractured skull
n Lung puncture wounds
n Cuts to his liver
n A shattered right shoulder
n A broken right arm
n A broken right leg along with a deep cut to the bone
Once he had turned the corner, Adam was given a book by his partner Emma Barclay (21).
He said: “I was trying to read this book but I was looking at it blank and I couldn’t read it. I had some speech therapy and that sort of thing and at the end of December I got my reading back. It was kind of like learning to read again.”
As well as raising money for Magpas, the Brooker family will fundraise for Addenbrooke’s – perhaps with a ball or a disco – as a thank you for the hospital’s outstanding care. Adam was staggered to learn Magpas relies on donations as it receives no official Government funding.
He said: “Everyone should support Magpas – you never know when you might need them. I am so grateful. Without them I’m not so sure I would be here today.”
Lorna said: “I seriously think if it wasn’t for Magpas, Adam would have been brain damaged.”
n You can support Adam’s Magpas ride by visiting www.justgiving.com/Adam -Brooker