Major David Cooper, Tom Waters and Dr Ben Clark, all from the Midlands Air Ambulance team, rushed to the scene on June 2nd after hearing of an ‘incident’ at the theme park resort.
The accident – one of the most catastrophic in theme park history – saw 16 people suffer injuries after carriages on the ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster collided. Four of those hurt suffered serious injuries.
The brave medics had to climb up onto the rollercoaster to carry out their work, and were it not for their heroics, 19-year old Leah Washington may have lost her life.
The teenager had suffered the worst injuries due to her seat on the ride, and when the medics arrived they found that one of the main arteries in her leg had been torn in two and her bones had also been shattered.
Leah later had her leg amputated in hospital, but without the medics the situation could have been far graver.
The medics worked tirelessly to get the passengers out of the carriage – which they described as like a giant game of Jenga. If they’d have cut the wrong piece of metal the patient could have fallen to the ground.
The heroic team were presented with the Emergency Services Award by Leah Washington and two or the other victims Joe Pugh and Vicky Balch.
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