"Emergency air lifted after tractor accident"

About: Derriford Hospital / Accident and emergency South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust / Emergency ambulance

(as the patient),

I am a farmer and was working on my tractor trying to free up a gear leaver underneath. I thought the tractor was in park and therefore could not move, but unfortunately I must have caught my coat in the lever when I got another tool to use, without realizing.

When I hit the other gear lever under the tractor it proceeded to run over both my legs, but although badly bruised no bones were broken. I then thought as the tractor went over me that if I didn't move inline with the tractor if the dung spreader tyre went over me I would die. I lined myself up as best I could as the tractor moved forward but the drawbar of the dung spreader caught me and came up my back breaking 8 ribs on left and 6 on right and both collar bones.

The tractor then stalled as it ran into a fence and everything went quiet. By this time I was crawing out the back of under the dung spreader and was on my feet. I knew that if I didn't walk 300 metres to my home where my phone was I would die.

I think because I exerted myself walking up the hill it helped open up my rib cage (what was left of it). I got my phone and sat outside on a chair as I am aware that you should lie down with chest injuries.

I called my eldest daughter who then rang the air ambulance who after a little confusion as to where I was, as they were expecting me to be still under the tractor, came to my aid and took me to Derriford Hospital Plymouth.

I didn't call 999 myself as I knew they would have to go down their sheet of questions and I neither had the puff or the patience to speak to them.

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Responses

Response from Sara Coburn, Patient Engagement Manager, Governance, South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust

Dear yellasab

Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us. After what appears to have been quite a traumatic event I hope you are recovering well.

If you would like us to share your thoughts on your care with the ambulance staff who attended you please may I ask you to contact me on either 01392 261 552 or sara.coburn@swast.nhs.uk at your convenience.

Thank you, again, for taking the time to share your story.

Sara

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Response from Derriford Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us. After what appears to have been quite a traumatic event I hope you are recovering well. If you would like us to share your thoughts on your care with the ambulance staff who attended you please may I ask you to contact me on either 01392 261 552 or sara.coburn@swast.nhs.uk at your convenience. Thank you, again, for taking the time to share your story. Sara

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