“I looked left and right, stepped into the road and… was hit by a bus.” Jacqueline sustained a life threatening head injury on her way from work and was fighting for her life on the roadside. She needed advanced medical care immediately. It was 6pm and London’s streets were buzzing with rush hour traffic. At that moment, it was London’s Air Ambulance and its only helicopter that could save Jacqueline and give her the best chance of avoiding disability and life in complete dependence on others. “I am so grateful. Without a doubt, that was my saving,” says Jacqueline.
London’s Air Ambulance was by Jacqueline’s side in minutes. The team intubated her on the roadside and airlifted her to The Royal London Hospital. The fight for her life continued as she spent the night in an operating theatre.
Meanwhile, the MET Police, for whom Jacqueline volunteered as a Special Constable, was searching London in an attempt to find Jacqueline’s family and give them the opportunity to say good bye. The doctors did not expect Jacqueline to live much longer.
“You just don’t expect it to happen to you. Not to you,” reflects Jacqueline’s mum. “The bell ringing and two policemen standing on your doorstep. Like you see it on TV. The police drove me to The Royal London Hospital on blue lights. The point was to get me to Jacqueline because they did not expect her to make it. The reason why my daughter is still alive and why she is doing so well is the speed and quality of care. London’s Air Ambulance was crucial, so was the NHS and the police were fantastic.”
“I have narrowly escaped death and the doctors did not believe that I would ever walk or talk again. I now live independently and regularly give talks at universities to help students of psychiatry understand head injury. Before my accident, I was working for the local council helping young people with alcohol and drug problems. I might not be able to return to my job but I can walk, talk, enjoy life and I can continue helping others,” says Jacqueline.
“What would I say to all those who support London’s Air Ambulance or are considering a donation? Your donations really are saving lives. It helped save mine and gave me the best possible second chance in life. Thank you.”