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29 February 2012

Stable groom saved by air ambulance staff

Air ambulance volunteers saved the life of a stable groom. The groom was trampled on by horses and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Lottie Taylor was returning four horses to the stables when they ran off and in the process, resulting in her suffering from a punctured lung and broken ribs.

The air ambulance arrived and provided emergency treatment before transporting the stable groom to London where she was further treated at a trauma centre.

Paramedics were first to arrive on the scene from South East Coast Ambulance Service and they proceeded to contact the air ambulance, which made their entrance in just eight minutes.

Miss Taylor said was unaware of the seriousness of her injuries:

“I tried to let go of the horses but because I was stood in the middle of them there was nowhere for me to go. They separated and I hit the floor. I broke several ribs on my right side, which punctured my lung, but somehow got up and walked to the house. I guess that was just adrenaline, which is pretty amazing when you need it. I knew I was in trouble but I had no concept of just how bad my injuries were until I woke up in the intensive therapy unit 24 hours later.”

A doctor from the air ambulance said that the victim suffered the most severe “chest flail” injury he has ever witnessed in his seven years in the role. He gave her anaesthetics as well as providing emergency surgery, along with a “critical care paramedic”.