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Wall collapse builder thanks paramedics who came to his aid
3:50pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A BUILDER from Brierley Hill has thanked the ambulance staff who came to his rescue when a seven foot wall collapsed on him.
Peter Davies was helping his brother Tim Davies take down a brick wall in the graveyard of Spring Meadow Church in Old Hill when it toppled over.
The 40-year-old father of two was buried face down, underneath a pile of bricks and rubble, and suffered a broken leg and a compression fracture of his spine.
The Midlands Air Ambulance, a land ambulance and paramedics rushed to his aid - administering pain relief and oxygen before cleaning and dressing his leg wound. Once immobilised onto a neck collar and spinal board Peter was rushed to hospital.
The self-employed builder spent four weeks at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he underwent surgery on his leg and a further three days at Russells Hall Hospital.
He and his wife Debbie visited West Midlands Ambulance Trust’s Headquarters in Brierley Hill to meet the 999 call taker and ambulance crews that helped that day.
Peter said: “I remember the wall falling down, I remember seeing the first paramedic, I remember the people in orange, who were the air ambulance paramedic and doctor, and I remember asking if I was going to die and hearing the answer, ‘no’.
“That’s about all I can recall.
“I’m so glad that I’ve been able to come and say thank you to everyone in person, it’s a good feeling to meet the people who have helped you.”
Debbie said: “The accident has been a life changing experience for us.
“We can’t thank the ambulance service enough.”
Peter Boaz was part of the ambulance crew that attended.
He said: “It’s humbling to see Peter and Debbie again and for them to take the time to come and thank us in person.
“We tend to forget once we leave a patient’s side at hospital they’ve often got weeks, months or even years of treatment and recovery ahead of them.
“Peter did really well that day and, despite his injuries, was in good spirits and managed to have a laugh and joke with us.
“We wish him all the best in his journey to recovery.”
Although the air ambulance attended the scene Peter was taken to hospital by land ambulance.
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