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We would like to introduce you to our charity of the year for 2023! East Anglian Air Ambulance!

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East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA)

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is a lifesaving service. Our highly-skilled crew take the intensive care unit to the patient and provide treatments normally only seen in hospitals. These treatments, such as providing blood transfusions at scene, can mean the difference between life and death and ensure the patient has the best chance of getting to hospital.

Operating from our bases in Norwich and Cambridge, our two helicopters are there for the people that might need us in Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. At times when it is impractical to fly, we will attend in our rapid response vehicles (RRV) which carry the same equipment as our helicopters.

We are the first air ambulance service in the East of England to provide a 24/7 service by both air and road. We rely on the generosity of our incredible supporters to keep our service airborne and keep being there for those that need us.

Find out more:  https://www.eaaa.org.uk/

AJW Distribution are proud to support East Anglian Air Ambulance during 2023, looking to raise over £10,000K. 

This charity was put forward by Sarah Miller, who has worked for AJW since 2003, and so is a charity we are all keen to raise money for. Here’s Sarah’s story;

“I lost my husband 2 years ago to a hereditary disease called Cadosil, if I am honest there was something wrong with him 10 years before but I was told it was depression.

After Jacob seeing his dad suffer he has decided to go to Uni to be a paramedic and is now in his second year of training out of three, his goal is be a Heli medic

His first shout was to a man jumping off the Orwell Bridge his words ”it was really exciting mum, RNLI and helicopter in attendance” my reply to that was “not very exciting for the man involved” who survived the jump broke his back and still managed to swim ashore and was taken to Addenbrookes.

This week he was called to a stroke patient arriving in the slotted time to treat her.  The protocol is to ring ahead for a bed which was done.  When they arrived on scene she was coherent with the ambulance staff.  Upon arrival at the hospital they were told there was no bed and had to wait for two hours in the back of the ambulance.  There was no porter to take her to the CT scan so Jacob did that.  When leaving the patient she was classed as Brain Dead, if they were told there was no bed they could have taken her to Addenbrooks and the outcome may have been very different.

On a lighter note Jacob delivered his first baby on Friday night a little girl called Alice weighing in at 8lb13oz”

This was how Sarah put this charity forward to the AJW team, and hearing about why she wanted to raise money for EAAA made her win the votes.

Patient story

Jonathan Willis, 42, dodged death by millimetres when he became impaled on a forklift tine. 

Father of five Jonathan was working on his farm, unloading a trailer of straw bales when he got out of his forklift to untie some straps. Standing between the forklift and trailer, the forklift rolled forward and impaled Jonathan. He quickly raised the alarm and his wife, Wendy, called 999. Shortly after, the EAAA team was tasked from Cambridge to provide enhanced pre-hospital emergency medicine at the scene.

The EAAA team worked with the ambulance, police and fire and rescue teams to assess Jonathan’s injuries and coordinate a plan to release him safely. The tine had gone in through Jonathan’s back and exited through his abdomen, posing a severe risk to several major internal organs and blood vessels. It was a time-critical and life-threatening situation.

Trapped, Jonathan’s weight was supported by an ambulance trolley; he needed to be kept as still as possible while the tine was cut with an angle grinder. EAAA Dr Nathan Howes said, “It was incredibly important that any movement was minimised, in case it worsened any internal bleeding. The advanced pain relief [ketamine] we carry was still a risk to Jonathan’s tiring legs, having held the same position for an hour.”

Released but with the tine still in place, Jonathan could not be safely transported to hospital by helicopter. EAAA Doctors James Hale and Nathan Howes and Critical Care Paramedic Andy Bates travelled with Jonathan in the road ambulance for just over an hour to get him safely to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where an expert surgical team was ready and waiting.

The surgical teams worked throughout the night to save Jonathan, operating on him for almost seven hours. Miraculously, the tine was safely removed and Jonathan was discharged just two weeks later to recover at home. It took almost five months for his wounds to heal fully.

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