Double win for air ambulance

November 28 2018

The Great Western Air Ambulance is celebrating after winning two awards at the National Association of Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence.

One of their Critical Care Doctors Paddy Morgan won Doctor of the Year and Ali Layard, one of their former patients, won Outstanding Young Person of the Year.

Paddy was nominated by his team for his involvement in an emergency operation to save the life of a young man whose heart had stopped beating, was not breathing, and had extreme hypothermia.

 GWAAC CEO, Anna Perry, said: ‘’The whole GWAAC team is so proud of Dr Paddy Morgan. He's an integral part of our team and the people in our region are lucky to have someone of his calibre working in the Critical Care Team.”

Ali was only 9 years old when he was accidently knocked of a narrow boat and dragged into the propeller, sustaining terrible injuries to both his legs. Ali not only lost his kneecap, but also lost all of his left knee bending mechanism, 60% of his lower right leg and had to undergo numerous lengthy operations.

 Ali squared up to his challenges and complications with determination and incredible bravery. Five months after being told he would never run again, he crossed the line at his school sports day. 6 years later, and Ali has achieved a sports scholarship for Wellington School and he has started playing for the England Physical Disability Cricket Lions Team.

Sophie Layard, Ali’s mum said: ‘’We have our son today thanks to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity; but to watch Ali accept this award to a standing ovation from many of the bravest people in our country today was quite simply, the most humbling experience of my life.’’