Joint-trial saves man’s life

Marc thanks crews who saved him

A man who sustained life-threatening injuries after being hit by a taxi on a night out has thanked the team who helped save his life.

Marc Reed was walking home following a night out in Bishop Auckland in August 2013 when he was hit by a taxi on Newton Cap Viaduct, leaving him unconscious and with widespread and severe injuries.

A NEAS road ambulance crew was first on scene, joined shortly afterwards by a team from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

At the time, a joint trail between NEAS and GNAAS was in operation, with air ambulance paramedics on board a road vehicle.

The charity brought two paramedics and emergency department consultant Mike Davison to the scene, all of whom were working on a voluntary basis.

Normally, Mr Reed would have had to wait until he was at hospital before he was seen by a doctor, a journey he is unlikely to have survived.

Instead, he was given life-saving care at the roadside by Dr Davison, who is also an Army doctor, and he was able to administer advanced level drugs and treatments on scene.

A year on, the 28-year-old from Hunwick took the latest steps in his remarkable recovery by meeting the doctor and paramedic team that his family claim saved his life.

Dr Davison said: “At the time Marc had a one in 250 chance of survival. The only place I’ve seen injuries as serious is on the battlefield.”

Mr Reed, who is now learning to walk again and hopes to return to work in the future, said: “I’m just grateful for every breath that goes in my mouth. I’m just taking it all in.”

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