Tonight viewers watched on from the comfort of their sofa as the GNAAS critical care team returned for season three of Emergency Helicopter Medics.
The first episode featured the doctor, paramedic and pilot team respond to reports of a man having a violent seizure in his home.
The man was Mick Hallas, from Spennymoor, who was planning a cinema trip with his partner Gemma just moments before a brain haemorrhage nearly killed him.
The sudden attack left the 39-year-old having to relearn to use the left side of his body.
GNAAS doctor Phil Godfrey and paramedic Tim West treated Mick before airlifting him to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Phil said: “We put Mick in a medically induced coma to take over his vital functions and protect his airways while we airlifted him to hospital.”
The chance to say thank you
Mick stayed at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for several weeks. Afterwards, he was transported to Walkergate Park Hospital for a further three months’ rehabilitation.
Once Mick had recovered enough, he visited our Teesside International Airport base to thank the people responsible for saving his life.
He said: “I just want to say thank you for everyone who helped me, I wouldn’t be here otherwise. I am predominantly left-handed, so I had to learn to do everything again. It was hard to do.
“Donate as much as you can because they are saving a lot of people. If it wasn’t for them, I would be dead.”
Emergency Helicopter Medics continues next week on More4 at 9pm.
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