NEAS & Great North Air Ambulance work together to save man's life
Pedestrian survives despite being hit at high speed
Just 12-month's ago, Marc Reed's life was hanging in the
Struck by a car at high speed as he walked home following a
night out in Bishop Auckland, medics feared he would not
But a year on, the 28-year-old from Hunwick has been to
meet the doctor and paramedic team that his family say
saved his life.
The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, August 11,
2013. Mr Reed was hit by a taxi on Newton Cap Viaduct, leaving him
unconscious and with widespread and severe injuries.
A NEAS road ambulance crew was first on scene, joined shortly
afterwards by a team from the Great North Air Ambulance Service
At the time, a joint trail between NEAS and GNAAS was in
operation, with air ambulance paramedics on board a road
The charity brought two paramedics and emergency department
consultant Mike Davison to the scene, all of whom were working on a
Mr Reed would have had to wait until he was at hospital before
he was seen by a doctor, a journey he is unlikely to have
Instead, he was given life-saving care at the roadside by Dr
Davison, who is also an Army doctor, and who was able to administer
advanced level drugs and treatments on scene.
Mr Reed had sustained a severe brain injury, broken neck, ribs
and lacerated spleen, among many other serious injuries. He had
stopped breathing three times and was in a coma.
On the Injury Severity Scale, an established medical score, Mr
Reed was given a 58. The scale runs from 1, least serious, to 75.
Fifteen is what is normally classed as being a major trauma.
Dr Davison, who returned to work in Afghanistan last weekend,
said: "This score basically means he had a one in 250 chance of
survival. The only place I've seen injuries as serious is on the
Arriving at James Cook University Hospital was just the start of
Mr Reed's journey. He was in intensive care for a month, then in a
high dependency ward after that. He did not speak for five
Mum Alison Reed described the moment he first spoke, on New
Year's Eve, 2013.
She said: "I was holding his hand and saying 'it's mum', and
then he said 'mum'. I said 'your dad's here too' and he said
"I then said 'I know I'm pushing it, but can you just say I love
you?' and he just said 'I love you'. We were all crying."
Mr Reed, who is now learning to walk again and hopes to return
to work in the future, said: "I'm just grateful for every breath
that goes in my mouth. I'm just taking it all in."
Mrs Reed said the whole family were "immensely proud" of Mr Reed
and how he has handled the incident.
"I just want to shout it from the rooftops," she said. "We can
never thank the crew enough for what they did. We are forever in
Dr Davison said it was an emotional moment being reunited with
Mr Reed. "He can accomplish anything he wants to," he added. "It's
all down to spirit. Marc just had that will to live, and
ultimately, that's what got him through this."
Meanwhile, talks are ongoing about the future of the rapid
response service after what was a busy and successful trial.