Boy airlifted to hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:14 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 31 May 2010

A BOY had to be airlifted to hospital on Saturday after a serious cycling accident left him in need of medical attention. What should have been a leisurely morning ride for 10-year-old Sam Jones and his father Bill quickly transformed into a dramatic orde

A BOY had to be airlifted to hospital on Saturday after a serious cycling accident left him in need of medical attention.

What should have been a leisurely morning ride for 10-year-old Sam Jones and his father Bill quickly transformed into a dramatic ordeal, when a collision left Sam with a badly damaged right leg.

Mr Jones, of Great Chishill, said: "My son and I were out for a cycle ride to get some exercise, when we had a coming together at a turn in the road in Elmdon.

"Sam fractured his lower right leg and dislocated his ankle, so he was obviously in a lot of pain."

The accident happened at around 10am, immediately outside The Elmdon Dial pub. Although it was too early for the pub to be open to customers, landlord Chris Crane brought Sam and his father inside and called an ambulance.

"This poor young man was in a great deal of pain," said Mr Crane, "so his dad and I tended to him while we waited for the paramedics to arrive.

"Once they got here they took a look at him and decided it was best to call the air ambulance.

"A few minutes later we had a helicopter landing on the lawn outside!"

Brave Sam, a pupil at Chrishall Primary School, had never been in a helicopter before. However, as his dad explained, he was not in the best state of mind to appreciate it.

"I'm sure while it would have been very exciting for Sam under other circumstances, he was far more concerned about getting some pain relief," Mr Jones said.

"The service by the paramedics was excellent, and Chris was very kind to take us into the pub like that.

"Sam had a three-hour operation on his leg on Sunday before being released on Monday, and he should make a full recovery. His leg's going to be in plaster for six to eight weeks though, so it's spoiled his summer holiday, but hopefully he'll be back on his bike soon."

Messrs Jones and Crane were both very impressed by the skill of the helicopter pilot, who managed to land the air ambulance safely in the pub's rear garden.

"It was very tight," said Mr Crane "All credit to the skill of the pilot.

"Under other circumstances it would have been very exciting to see the helicopter, but in this particular instance it was just very important that the lad got to hospital as quickly as possible.

"Still, I think this was the first time that Elmdon's had an airshow!

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