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Cornish Patient: "Air Ambulance Saved My Life"

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:01am 30th August 2014

A man from Praze tells Pirate FM "I didn't panic" when he fell and fractured his skull.

Geoff Atkinson was four metres up a ladder at his remote cottage between Camborne and Helston when he slipped.

He fractured his skull and damaged his spine, ribs and lungs too.

His wife found him and gave him CPR, which Geoff reckons saved his life.

He was one of almost 675 people rescued by the Cornwall Air Ambulance in 2013 - enough to fill ten double decker buses.

The crew got him to Treliske in just ten minutes.

Geoff said: "I'm sure the speed of my recovery is down to the paramedics and the speed that the ambulance got me to Treliske, where they were able to do immediate scans and x-rays, put a chest strain in and put me on a ventilator.

"I didn't panic or get worried or upset, because I think as soon as I came round I was looking up at a nurse and I was obviously in a ward, and my reaction was 'oh I've obviously done something silly and I'm in the right hands'. So I didn't really panic or worry."

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