Bedfordshire man praises lifesaving medics in emotional reunion
Date: 30 May 2017
Imagine getting in your car and your next waking memory is six weeks later in a hospital bed. For Storm Warner, this was the stark reality he faced following a 100mph collision on the M1 last year.
The 22 year old from Dunstable has no recollection other than police reports that revealed how he smashed into the back of a pick up truck in the early hours on 9th June.
Fortunately our medics were on hand within six minutes of the first 999 call in the form of Paramedic Laura Wallace, Duty Locality Officer Phil Smith, and emergency medical technicians Julia Horswell and Emily Wallis.
Storm was pulled clear of the burning wreckage by Laura and Phil moments before a huge explosion. Laura said: “It was like something out of a Hollywood movie, I was not expecting it at all.”
Phil said: “It was a chaotic scene with lots of debris and fire, but the team were fantastic in the face of it all.”
Storm was taken to St Mary’s Hospital before being transferred to Hammersmith Hospital. He lost 45 percent of his liver and was placed into a coma for more than three weeks. Doctors said it was a miracle that he was walking before then end of the year let alone to survive the ordeal.
And last week (Monday, 22nd May), Storm was reunited with his life savers under much happier circumstances and had nothing but praise for our guys and girls in green. He said: "I asked everyone what gift I should bring? But how do you thank someone for saving your life? You can’t.”
Storm admits it still hasn’t sunk in but he has grown closer to his family, and has recently raised more than £1,000 for the Imperial Health Charity in a skydive. He said: “It wasn’t until a close friend said, ‘I thought you were gone’, that I realised how close I was to dying.”
He added: “I truly appreciate how lucky I am and also the efforts of the medics, it means the world to me and my family.”
Laura said: “It was great to meet him again and to see him doing so well, as well as hearing about all the charity work he has been doing.”
Imagine getting in your car and your next waking memory is six weeks later in a hospital bed.