Ben celebrates birthday with lifesavers

Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood, Andrew Haughton, Magpas Paramedic Dan Read, Ben Haughton, Dr Simon Lewis, Ann Haughton Helimedix Crew Member George Phillips
Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood, Andrew Haughton, Magpas Paramedic Dan Read, Ben Haughton, Dr Simon Lewis, Ann Haughton Helimedix Crew Member George Phillips

A teenage cyclist airlifted to hospital after a collision with a Range Rover has celebrated his 16th birthday with the medics who treated him.

On July 27, Ben Haughton, from Hartest, collided with the 4x4 head-on while cycling down a steep hill near his home, ending up on the vehicle’s bonnet.

Medical charity Magpas rushed a doctor and a paramedic by helicopter to the scene to treat Ben and whisk him away to Addenbrookes Hospital.

Ben received a hairline fracture and large wound on his knee and suffered from ‘crush syndrome’ - where muscle breakdown products, toxic to the kidneys, are released into the bloodstream. But fortunately, Ben was able to recover enough to be back at school at the start of term.

On Saturday Ben met with Dr Simon Lewis and Magpas Volunteer Paramedic Adam Carr, the two men who gave him lifesaving treatment.

Ben said: “I didn’t really get to say thank you afterwardd, I sent them a card but didn’t get to thank them face-to-face.

“I knew I was going up to meet them but didn’t realise there was a birthday card or cake until someone asked for a lighter.

“It was really good.”

Ben’s mum Ann, 49, said she was forever grateful to the men that helped her boy.

She said: “It was amazing meeting them. I felt humbled and inspired at the same time.”

Speaking on Saturday, Dr Lewis said it was a real treat to see Ben.

He said: “It’s certainly the first time in the 15 years I’ve been working in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine that I’ve seen a patient literally on top of a car.

“So it’s wonderful to see Ben today as he is today - and on his birthday too.”