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Dorset And Somerset Air Ambulance Flies 10,000th Mission

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9:35am 30th May 2014

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown its record breaking 10,000th mission.

The charity helicopter airlifted a 24-year-old woman who'd suffered a riding accident in Shaftesbury to Dorset County Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The patient, Carissa Ealson (24) was taking part in a cross country horse riding event with her youngest sister Victoria when she suffered a fall.  She was treated at the scene before being airlifted at 14.25 pm, arriving at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester at 14.48 pm.

After arriving at hospital, Carissa underwent further tests and x-rays.  Fortunately the results showed that she had not broken any bones and did not suffer any other serious injuries to her back, neck or hips and was discharged from hospital later in the day.

Speaking on behalf of her sister, Stacey Ealson called the Charity with an update and said, "We are really grateful to the Air Ambulance for all their help and are so pleased that Carissa is going to be OK.  She has now left hospital with some pain relief medication and hopefully will feel better soon."

Last year alone the Air Ambulance attended 238 incidents in Dorset a large proportion of which were people injured in car accidents.

One of the patients was Val Hayes from Dorchester who suffered life-threatening injuries after an incident involving a tractor.  Whilst in fields she hit some bumpy ground and fell off the tractor which subsequently drove over her.  She broke all her ribs apart from three, broke her sternum and collarbone, lacerated her liver, fractured her pelvis and broke both her right leg and ankle.  Val remembers nothing until she awoke in Southampton General Hospital a week later.  She spent nearly four weeks in Southampton before being transferred to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester where she could be nearer to home.  Val is now back riding her horses and walking her dogs.

"Words cannot describe how grateful I am to the crew of the Air Ambulance and the ICU staff at hospital.  The prompt attention I received really did save my life," she said.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has attended 10,000 incidents since its launch in March 2000, saving many lives and aiding recovery with outstanding immediate care and rapid delivery to the hospital best suited to meet the patient's needs.

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