‘Without them, my gorgeous sister would be dead’ – woman’s thanks to air ambulance


The sister of a woman who suffered potentially life-changing injuries after being thrown from a horse has praised the medics who came to her aid. Nicola Reed was out riding her gelding ‘Max’ near Pittington, County Durham, on January 24 when a car nearby accelerated away and the horse bolted, throwing her to the ground. She suffered serious head injuries, and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to the scene.

The sister of a woman who suffered potentially life-changing injuries after being thrown from a horse has praised the medics who came to her aid.

Nicola Reed was out riding her gelding ‘Max’ near Pittington, County Durham, on January 24 when a car nearby accelerated away and the horse bolted, throwing her to the ground.

She suffered serious head injuries, and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to the scene. The doctor-led crew anaesthetised her before she was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough within 10 minutes.

Mrs Reed spent five days in intensive care and had to have part of her skull removed due to pressure on her brain.

Three weeks on, she remains in hospital, has limited mobility, cannot speak and must be fed through a tube but is progressing well her sister said.

Mrs Reed’s sister, Yvonne Dickman, told the Northern Echo: “Without them, my gorgeous sister would be dead”.

Mrs Dickman has asked for donations to GNAAS in lieu of sympathy cards.

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