Olympic Torchbearer from Rugby visits Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance which helped to save his life

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RUGBY Torchbearer Tony Woodhouse went to meet the people who saved his life after running through the streets of town yesterday (Monday).

Tony, torchbearer number 24 of the relay, enjoyed his moment in the spotlight as he made his way down Church Road with the flame.

Tony, 37, was nominated for all the fundraising he does for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) after he was rescued by the charity two years ago.

Tony lost his leg and almost lost his life following a serious motorcycle accident near Southam in May 2010.

WNAA were called to the scene where their on board doctor immediately set about saving Tony’s life.

Tony credits the fast response time of WNAA and the treatment he received with the fact that he is still here today.

He said: “I knew my injuries were life threatening and that I needed urgent medical attention. I was so relieved to hear and then see the helicopter hovering overhead; I couldn’t believe how quickly it had managed to get to me.”

After his stint in the torch relay, he headed to WNAA airbase at Coventry airport where he had photographs taken with his torch, and with Philippa Gibbs, one of the paramedics who attended his accident.