Car crash might have killed Mark were it not for the actions of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

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A RUGBY dad has been able to thank in person the air ambulance crew who saved his life.

Mark Chamberlain had been expecting a quiet night, a walk with his wife Lynn followed by a bag of chips, when his life was turned upside-down.

He said: “It started off as just your typical day until around 4pm - then my life was changed when my car collided with a Ford Mondeo.

“The Mondeo won and I was left with life-threatening injuries.

The 46-year-old suffered a collapsed lung, a broken back, damaged his arm and knee.

Most seriously of all, he had a bleed to his brain and internal stomach injuries.

He had to be airlifted to University Hospital Coventry following the head-on collision, which occurred on the A426 in Rugby in October last year.

Mark, who works for engineering firm Edgefine in Rugby and has a 21-year-old son, added: “Thankfully, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was among the emergency services that attended the accident so not only did I receive excellent treatment on the scene, I was also flown to hospital as quickly as is possible.”

Mark recently visited Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s airbase at Coventry Airport and met the crew that rescued him that day. Paramedic Paul Mullins said: “It was fantastic to see Mark again and to see what a remarkable recovery he’s made.

“Seeing people who have come so close to death walking and talking is incredibly rewarding.

“Arriving on scene we immediately knew Mark’s injuries were very serious and that the speed of getting him to hospital would be critical to his survival.”

It is thanks to the WNAA that Mark is able to tell his story.

Each rescue costs £1,400 which includes fuel to lifesaving equipment such as chest drain kits, pelvic splints and scoop stretchers and as they receive no government funding, all of these are paid for through public donations.

With families taking to roads on their holidays and the extra influx of people coming into the country for the Olympics this summer the air ambulance is predicting a very busy couple of months ahead.

So as well as urging people to stay safe on Britains’s road this summer, the WNAA is also asking for donations to help fund their life-saving work through this busy time.

Anyone wishing to donate to WNAA should visit www.wnaa.co.uk/donate or call 08454 130 999.