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Reunited with lifesavers

Press release - 1 July 2010

A Canterbury man who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a car in Sturry, Kent, last year, has been reunited with the ambulance clinicians who came to his rescue.

Lee Porter, 28, was walking home on the evening of 8 August 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle. Lee suffered severe head injuries but thanks to the treatment provided at the scene and subsequently in hospital he has made an amazing recovery.

Lee sadly lost his sight in one eye and suffers from short-term memory loss but is confident a positive future lies ahead.

SECAmb’s response to the incident was provided by Paramedic Sherry Winterbone from Canterbury station, Technician Simon Growns from Canterbury, Technician Claire Webb from Canterbury and Technician Matthew Robinson from Herne Bay station.

Lee contacted SECAmb to request the reunion and spent time recently, along with his family, at Canterbury station and met with Sherry and Simon.

He said: “It was great to meet Sherry and Simon and I’d just like to say a really big thank you to all the ambulance staff on the day and to everyone who treated me in hospital. It’s been a long road to recovery but I’m just taking one step at a time and setting objectives as I go. I had my last operation recently and I’m looking forward to the future.”

Paramedic Sherry Winterbone said: “It was great to meet and chat with Lee and see what an amazing recovery he’s made. My jaw almost dropped to the floor when I saw how well he was doing and the recovery he’s made after such dreadful injuries. I nearly cried. The team worked really well together to deliver the care he needed on the night as did all the medical teams in hospital to ensure such a miraculous recovery. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

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