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Amazing recovery for man who had plasma transfusion after motorcycle accident

Our client became the first patient to have plasma transfusion by northern air ambulance just days before its introduction.

John Beaumont suffered spinal fractures and brain herniation when he was involved in a collision with a car when riding his motorcycle in Kendal.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) treated John at the side of the road and was put into a medically induced coma.

Just days before, the charity launched a trial of the pioneering pre-hospital treatment whereby plasma is administered at the scene.

John was the first person to receive a unit of plasma which no doubt helped his amazing recovery as it was used to preserve the blood flow and prevent ongoing brain damage.

As well as his spinal and brain injury, John also suffered multiple orthopaedic injuries including a fractured collar bone, broken shoulder blade and a broken leg as well as nerve damage.

John spent four weeks in a coma after being flown to Royal Preston Hospital where he staggered doctors with his impressive recovery.

After recently visiting the GNAAS with his young family (pictured) where he personally thanked the paramedics, John said:

Doctors didn't know if I would survive. Many people are flabbergasted that I did with the amount of injuries I sustained. I have no doubt that I wouldn't be here without GNAAS. It's phenomenal.

Helen has acted for many seriously injured motorcyclists including settling a claim for hundreds of thousands of pounds for another young man who suffered serious orthopaedic injuries. She said:

The timely input of the GNAAS, to include the innovative lifesaving plasma, clearly helped John to be able to survive his multiple life threatening injuries. Due to the complexity & severity of John’s injuries, he still needs ongoing rehabilitation, where he continues to give 100% in his determination to expedite his ongoing recovery.

Helen Shaw is the personal injury Senior Litigation Manager here at Potter Rees Dolan. Should you have any queries about motorcycle accidents, personal injury issues or indeed any other aspect of this article and wish to speak to Helen or any other member of the team please contact us on 0161 237 5888 or email Helen directly.