A MAN who accidentally stabbed himself in the groin has thanked the air ambulance team who flew to his rescue.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to Long Marton, near Brampton, on July 28, to a man in his 30s who had suffered a life-threatening wound to his groin while slicing meat.
On arrival, the aircrew doctor and paramedic team used specialist haemostatic dressings along with military pressure dressings to stem the bleed.
The man, named as Chris Sharples, was then given blood at the scene and in the helicopter while being flown James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for emergency surgery. The flight took just 18 minutes; by road the same journey would have taken around an hour and 15 minutes. He arrived in a critical condition.
GNAAS worked alongside North West Ambulance Service and a BASICS doctor, Theo Weston, to assess and treat the patient.
Mr Sharples, said: “After I severed my femoral artery, the air ambulance, including Theo, played a major part in saving my life.
“I never thought that in one day, I could have been dependent on so many people. They all have my eternal gratitude, respect and love.
“I'm doing well, up and about now and able to walk, I mean hobble, unassisted. I should be out by midweek.
“I'm eternally grateful to all involved in saving me. I now have many heroes.”