Boy crushed by two cars meets heroes who saved his life

Keir Rutherford with Josh and his family PNL-151124-101746001
Keir Rutherford with Josh and his family PNL-151124-101746001

A boy who was seriously injured after being crushed between two cars has been reunited with the medics who saved his life.

Josh Bright, 11, and his parents, Nick and Sam, met the Kempston ambulance staff and Magpas Air Ambulance paramedic who treated him after the accident in Tavistock Street, Bedford, last year.

Josh Bright with the East of England Ambulance service PNL-151124-101758001

Josh Bright with the East of England Ambulance service PNL-151124-101758001

The family, from Wootton, had been out to a restaurant and were heading home at about 9.30pm on December 2, when he was hit by a car.

Dad Nick said: “We decided to treat Josh to an Indian meal that night; we had finished and were waiting to cross the road when a car hit Josh.

“It all happened so fast it was hard to process what had happened at the time. Luckily, people in the restaurant called 999 immediately.”

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust dispatched Emergency Care Practitioner Lyn Munden, and Senior Paramedic Russell Dilley, who arrived in five-and-a-half minutes, shortly followed by the Magpas specialist team.

Josh was treated by the ambulance service until Magpas Doctor Nick Scott and Paramedic Keir Rutherford arrived to sedate him and give specialist A&E care before he was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Nick said: “Meeting the paramedics was amazing.

“They saved him, and helped us during the most panic-stricken moment of our lives by taking control.

“They’ve all been absolutely fantastic and we are really thankful for everything they, and the hospital, have provided.”

Lyn said it was better to meet Josh again under different circumstances. “He probably doesn’t remember me from that day but it’s nice to know that he has made such a strong recovery, he is a lovely boy.”

Magpas Paramedic Keir Rutherford added: “It was a pleasure to see Josh and his family again.

“I’m glad to see that he is recovering well from the serious injuries he sustained.”

Josh, who was 10 at the time, suffered a snapped left thigh bone and split right knee and continues to have operations to repair the injuries.

Nick said: “Josh is one of those kids who looks on the bright side of everything. He has just had his ninth operation last Saturday, and is back on crutches. He wouldn’t let on if it gets him down.”