A man who was left in a coma for a week after being involved in a high speed crash in Gateshead has been reunited with the paramedics who saved his life.
Paul Shelley, aged 37, of Gateshead, was driving home on 9 August 2015 when he was hit by a speeding car in the Windy Nook area of Gateshead.
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics Graham Brooks and Paul Megson were first on scene, backed up by Vicky Taylor and Lee Marshall.
He suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, lost teeth, shattered hip bone which is still affecting his sciatic nerve, a broken pelvis which caused internal bleeding, and bruising to his brain. He spent a week in a coma at the RVI with a further two weeks in intensive care.
He has now been reunited with them to thank them and help him put the missing pieces together from that night.
He said: “I can’t remember a thing. I can remember about an hour and a half before the accident and about seven days later when I woke up from the coma. It’s like putting a jigsaw together and missing the final piece.
“The doctors told my mam and dad that I wouldn’t survive and to prepare themselves for the worst; everybody thought I was on borrowed time.
“They said I wouldn’t be able to walk again properly for 18 months but I suppose I beat the odds and I’m up and about with the help of physios. It’s been a long, hard and painful journey but I wasn’t going to lie down and let it beat me.
“They saved my life at the end of the day.”