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A few weeks ago, motorcyclist David Cowpe made an appeal to find and thank the doctors who helped save his life when he came off his bike.
The story was shared by London’s Air Ambulance, on BMA Communities and quickly spread over social media, and a few days later two doctors stepped forward. Specialty trainee 4 in anaesthetics Stephen Barrett met Mr Cowpe who thanked him and bought him a pint.
Dr Barrett said it was really nice to get that kind of feedback: ‘It is unusual to get a thank you [in this way] and it’s a really good and nice thing [for a patient] to do.’
This is a kind-hearted story, but we are sure it’s just one of many, so we are asking you to share yours.
Have you ever come to somebody’s aid on the street?
Comment below to share your story
18 months ago I stopped to help a motorcyclist who had been knocked off his bike and was injured by the side of the road. I waited with him for over 2 hours for an ambulance. While he was lying on his back by the side of the road we got chatting about various things and I told him which surgery I worked at. A month or so later he came to see me at the surgery with a bunch of flowers and a card to say thank you. It was nice to see him fully recovered and mobile again.
I was waiting for a night bus home when an inebriated man on his own in a wheelchair started fitting. I called an ambulance and stayed with him when post ictal. He only agreed to go to hospital if I came too. Sadly he arrested in resus and died. I stayed and spoke to his family so they knew someone had been looking out for him. They told me it meant a lot to them to know this.
On my first day back from paternity leave while working in ITU, I stopped on my way home to see a group of people around a man on Euston Road. I asked if they needed help and they were keen that I do. There was an elderly man on the floor and after a brief assessment I determined that he was showing no signs of life. I started CPR and asked them for appropriate help including calling the ambulance.
I was joined by a GP trainee who had just finished a neonatal medicine simulation day and a senior anaesthetic trainee who had moved to Hong Kong and was back in London on holiday. Once the paramedics arrived, between us all we had restarted his heart, were getting blood to his brain (pupils went from fixed and dilated to responsive) and had a breathing tube in and were ventilating him. He went to a nearby hospital and eventually made it home.
3 junior doctors jumped to this man's assistance, excellent care by the paramedics of the London Ambulance Service and even help from a local London Fire Brigade department saved this man's life. It is still one of the proudest moments of my career.
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