Film director puts own first aid skills into action in
A 38-year-old film director from Loggerheads, Staffordshire, is
encouraging more people to learn first aid after putting his own
skills into action when he came across a road traffic accident and
helped prevent a cyclist becoming paralysed.
Simon was driving back from Dorset when a traffic jam rerouted
his sat nav and took him on a detour through the Gloucestershire
village of Almondsbury. While on his journey, Simon came across a
road traffic accident, where he could see a car with a dent in the
side and someone on the floor in the road.
In safe hands
Simon used his car to block the scene to ensure no further harm
would come to the person lying in the road and got out of his car
to see if he could help. The man in the road was Michael, a
64-year-old cyclist, who had collided with the car and had suffered
serious spinal injuries.
Simon said: ‘I could see straight away that Michael was in agony
– he was writhing in pain. There was another motorist who had
stopped to help too so we worked together to help Michael as best
we could. It was a cold night and Michael was shaking – possibly
because he was in shock – so I quickly ran to my car to get a
blanket to try and keep him warm.
‘I knew that the biggest concern would be the possibility of
spinal injuries, so we tried to keep Michael as still as we could,
supporting his head and neck. While another bystander called for an
ambulance, I started talking to Michael to keep him calm and to get
some details from him about his medical history and also any loved
ones that would need to be called.
‘He was very disorientated, but I tried to continue talking to
him to reassure him that he was in good hands and that help was on
Michael, an experienced cyclist who has been using his bike to
commute to work for more than 40 years, broke three vertebrae, his
collar bone and his shoulder blade. He was told that if he had
tried to stand up after his accident, he would have been paralysed
from the chest down.
Michael said: ‘I am so grateful to Simon and the others who
helped me that day. I remember shortly after the accident, lying in
the road and just being told to lie there and not to move, so I
didn’t attempt to get up. Without that advice, my life could have
changed dramatically. I really feel very lucky to have met
Simon said: ‘I did a first aid at work course with St John
Ambulance because I often work in remote locations across the
country and I want to be certain that should a medical emergency
come up and we are miles from help, I am able to deal with the
situation confidently. As it turns out, I wasn’t at work when I
needed to use my skills! I’m just glad I was able to help Michael
that day, providing first aid and reassurance when he needed it
Simon acted quickly and calmly and his actions certainly show
that first aid can help to prevent life-changing injuries as well
as save lives.
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