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Off-Duty Paramedic Saves Motorcyclist's Life

Off-Duty Paramedic Saves Motorcyclist's Life

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BBCNews via YellowBrix

April 02, 2010

SUFFOLK, UK – A motorcyclist is recovering in hospital after he was saved by an off-duty paramedic driving his son to a football match.

Steve Todd has told how he rescued the 23-year-old biker, who was face down in a water filled ditch and whose helmet was stopping him from breathing properly.

“I don’t really like to say it, but there is no way he would have made it if I hadn’t of seen it because you couldn’t see him or the bike from the road,” said Steve. “I got a card from his family – they were just very grateful.”

The drama unfolded at about 1.10pm on Sunday at the junction of Bury Road and Felsham Road, in Cockfield.

“I was taking my 11-year-old son to football. I was about 200 metres behind a motorbike when I saw it go straight on and disappear instead of turning left. At that point I knew he had gone into a ditch,” said Steve.

He handed his mobile to his son and told him to ring 999 while Steve, who has been a paramedic for seven years, went to help.

“Both the bike and the rider were in the ditch. He was unconscious and his nose and mouth were submerged in the water. Because of the impact I had to presume he had damaged his spine and I had to try to keep him immobilised as well as getting his airway out of the water.

“But he still wasn’t breathing very well at all – his helmet was obstructing his breathing and I had to partially remove it to let him breath.”

Steve then assessed the man who by this time regained consciousness.

“He was in quite a bit of pain. He couldn’t remember a thing. He had potentially life-threatening injuries and was in a very bad way,” said Steve, 43, who lives in the village.

The air ambulance was called to the scene although the rider was taken by land ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, where he is stable, and recovering from injuries to his lower back and abdomen.