“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving our baby boy.”

When one year old Harry received a significant head injury his life was left hanging in the balance. Luckily the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity Critical Care Team were soon at his side.

Harry was out with his mum and brother when he accidentally received a shot to the head from an air rifle. He was in a critical condition, and needed help fast. We were called, and Critical Care Paramedic Pete Sadler and Critical Care Doctors James Tooley and Matt Campbell sped to the scene by helicopter.

It takes just four minutes from receiving the call for our helicopter to be in the air and on the way to the patient. When they arrived they found Harry in a critical condition, with a serious injury to his head, and he was struggling to breathe.

Dr Tooley said: “On our arrival we found that Harry had been shot in the head and was drifting in and out of consciousness. His breathing was becoming erratic leading to long pauses. We then undertook an emergency anaesthesia on scene.”

The treatment Harry received on scene meant that he was in a stable condition, and his brain was protected. Once he had been treated he was taken to the Bristol Children’s Hospital by land ambulance, accompanied by our team. Two months on Harry is still in hospital, but is recovering well. Dad Ed said:

“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving our baby boy, without your fast action our son wouldn’t be here today. You are fantastic at your jobs and absolute superheroes to us. Thank you so much.”


If you or someone you know has been helped by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity team, we’d love to invite you to meet the crew who help you. You can get in touch using our ‘Share Your Story’ form.

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by Andy Crow