AN AIR ambulance crew who came to the aid of a Whitchurch teenager who sustained a serious head injury have won an award for their efforts.

Dr Jon Bingham, a pre-hospital emergency doctor and Richard Apps, a critical care paramedic for the Midlands Air Ambulance won Special Incident Award at the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Recognition Awards and Charity Ball for being first on the scene to treat Yasmin Jukes.

Yasmin was treated by Dr Bingham and Mr Apps after fainting and falling backwards at her Whitchurch home in February 2020, when she was only 17.

Becky Read from Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said Yasmin's condition was serious.

"After assessing Yasmin, crew found she had sustained a traumatic brain injury, multiple bleeds and blood clots to the brain, a fractured skull, severe swelling to the brain and an open fracture on her finger," she said.

"Her condition was very serious. The crew provided advanced medicines to Yasmin, including putting her into an induced coma before travelling with her via land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital to monitor and provide further enhanced care on the journey.

"On arrival at hospital she was on a ventilator for a week.

Whitchurch Herald:

"She spent almost two weeks in intensive care and a further four weeks on a neurology ward.

"The crew were acknowledged for the advanced critical care they delivered to Yasmin, which resulted in her being neurologically intact after a significant head injury.

"She has now enrolled onto a full-time degree in Biology at Loughborough University and passed her driving test within just 19 months of her incident."

TV and radio personality Richie Anderson hosted the awards.

He said: "Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is a cause close to my heart as a good friend was airlifted as a child.

"I was honoured to co-host this year’s Recognition Awards and Charity Ball with Nina Hossain, and to have raised such an incredible amount on the night means that future lifesaving missions are possible thanks to everyone who attended."

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity thanked people in Shropshire for their support.

She said: "We are fortunate to receive support from the communities we serve across Shropshire.

"They're all deserving winners and it has been a pleasure to recognise them and show just how grateful we are for their dedication and determination in raising the profile of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity across the region."

To find out more about the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity visit https://www.midlandsairambulance.com/