Emotional meet up for paramedics and the patient they didn’t think would survive

Date: 05 June 2018

Jane Avery

A woman who shattered her pelvis into a “jigsaw puzzle” has praised her emergency care as “amazing” at a heartfelt reunion with ambulance staff.

Jane Evemy was overwhelmed on Friday (June 1st) when she met some of the staff from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust who helped save her life after she was in an unfortunate incident in October 2015.

The mother-of-two of Hemingford Grey welcomed Paramedics Sharon Mansfield and Martin Smith, both based at Cambridge Ambulance Station, into her home to thank them and their colleague Duty Locality Officer Andy Stone, who is based at Huntingdon and was unable to make the meet up, for saving her life.

At the emotional reunion, Jane, 59, said: “You were just amazing – I owe you my life. I am eternally grateful that I survived and from what I’ve been told, with the injuries I have, I shouldn’t have been here. I have you to thank for that.”

It was school pick up time just before 3pm on 13th October, 2015, and Jane was the carer of a child at Hartford School, in Mayfield Road. The incident saw the vehicle Jane was driving become unsecured and reverse, dragging Jane along the road and resulting in her being run over by the wheels of the car.

DLO Andy Stone was the first on scene in a rapid response vehicle in four-and-a-half minutes and gave Jane the life-saving care she immediately needed and called for back up from the nearest ambulance, which was staffed by Paramedics Sharon and Martin.

Sharon explained that when they arrived, they had little understanding of what had happened and that meeting Jane more than two years on has finally enabled them to piece together the story.

Jane believed she passed out soon after Sharon and Martin arrived when in fact, Sharon told Jane that while she was very clearly confused and concussed, she talked the whole way to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the back of the ambulance.

Sharon, who has been working at the Trust for 11 years, continued: “Your observations were fine, which was a red herring considering how bad your injuries were, but as soon as you were showing signs of confusion and more serious injuries we knew the best place for you was Addenbrooke’s. Our game plan changed; Martin got straight in the front to drive you there as quickly as possible, and I sat in the back with you and held your hand the whole way.

“It wasn’t until you were scanned at Addenbrooke’s we realised how bad your injuries were. It was the last job of the day for us and it left us quite upset knowing you may not make it. To meet you now, fit and healthy has been incredible.”

Jane suffered three serious breaks to her pelvis, complicated with seven further fractures, a deep laceration to the back of her knee, internal bleeding, and a minor head injury. She spent eight days in Addenbrooke’s and underwent surgery before being transferred to Peterborough City Hospital for a further 29 days.

She said: “I was like a jigsaw puzzle. I’m not sure how they managed to put me back together and I had contraptions and all sorts of metal rods to fix me. I called it my Meccano set. The doctor said it was one of the worst pelvic injuries he had ever seen.”

Jane, who now works in Morrison’s Café St Ives, explained that recovery took about nine months, with hours of rehabilitation work, but she is now fighting fit and walking normally. She said: “I live my life differently now. This near-death experience it makes you do things differently.

“All the care I received from the ambulance, the hospitals and the consultants was just amazing. I couldn’t fault it. I wouldn’t be here without it. Thank you to you all.”

  • Summary:

    A woman who shattered her pelvis into a “jigsaw puzzle” has praised her emergency care as “amazing” at a heartfelt reunion with ambulance staff.