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Teen 'wouldn't be here' without Cornwall air ambulance

Teen 'wouldn't be here' without Cornwall air ambulance

Published by Helen Down at 6:23pm 9th January 2020. (Updated at 5:51am 10th January 2020)

A Cornish teenager seriously injured after two cars collided near Looe has thanked the crews who saved his life.

19-year-old Harry Maywood suffered a life-threatening head injury as a result of the crash in September last year.

Luckily the air ambulance managed to get him to hospital quickly where he spent more than eight weeks being treated.

"When my friends used to come up to see me I'd ask them how their flight was.  

"I thought I was in an airport, I didn't have a clue what was going on.

"I don't really remember anything after it.  

"A couple of weeks into October you could talk to me and I could respond in a somewhat normal fashion".

Harry Maywood

Harry Maywood
Harry spent eight weeks in hospital

Harry's Dad is one of the organisers of the Looe 10 Miler race, which takes place in February and will raise money for the air ambulance.

"We just had to take each day at a time. We are so grateful to have Harry here."

"When I had meetings with the charity about the run and we came in to present a cheque last year- we never thought just six months later we would benefit from the service. 

"No one knows when they might need it, that is why it's so important that we support it. It really does save lives."

Harry's Dad, Bryan Maywood 

Harry Maywood

"We have seen our missions increase quite dramatically in the last couple of years. 

"As a result, we have expanded our clinical team and are in the process of reviewing our operational flying hours to meet the demand for the service. 

"With the help of our supporters across Cornwall we will continue to develop our service in 2020 to give the best critical care we can to our patients."

Steve Garvey, Air Operations Officer at Cornwall Air Ambulance

New data released by the charity shows that missions increased by more than 3% compared to 2018 and are up more than 30% from 2017.

The helicopter flew on 764 missions, while the other 380 were responded to in the charity's rapid response vehicles. 

The critical care team attended 594 medical incidents and 527 trauma- related incidents across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The crew also flew 23 inter-hospital transfers to ensure seriously ill patients could get the treatment they needed.

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