A CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH man rescued from a petrol-soaked car wreck following an accident which broke his neck has thanked the paramedics who saved his life.
Johnathan Mellor is lucky to be alive after a serious accident involving his car and another vehicle on the A6 at Barmoor Clough on February 18 when his car ended up on its roof leaning against an embankment.
And on Friday, the 22-year-old was reunited with Glynn Hardy and Martin Coleman whose skills and experience under tremendous pressure helped save his life.
Johnathan, of Bagshaw Avenue, said: “Without the treatment and care provided by the ambulance crew I am not sure I would be here.”
Trapped in his car, Johnathan was conscious and able to talk to Martin and Glynn. He was complaining of a pain in his hip but incredibly, had no idea that he had injured his neck.
“Johnathan was adamant that he had not injured his neck but we suspected serious injury,” Martin explained. “He wasn’t too happy when we tried to put a neck collar on. In this instance we have to be firm with the patient whilst trying to reassure them, so I am pleased that after a little persuasion he allowed us to do what we needed to do!“
Glynn continued: “The other car started sparking and there was petrol everywhere so we made the decision to move fast.”
He added: “We got Johnathan on to a spinal board to stabilise him the best we could and then got him to the ambulance where we did a secondary survey.
“I just felt something wasn’t right. I couldn’t put my finger on it but I knew we needed to get him to Stepping Hill Hospital fast.”
A couple of days later, Martin and Glynn discovered that Johnathan had broken his neck. He later underwent surgery where pins, which had to be ordered in specially, were inserted into his neck to stabilise the fracture.
He is now recovering well but doesn’t remember anything about the accident. And although he is now back at work, it will be several months before he is fully recovered.
During the reunion at Buxton Ambulance Station, Johnathan added: “I’m really pleased to be meeting Martin and Glynn so I can say thank you in person.
“I just can’t thank them enough for what they did for me.”
Jonathan’s mum Linda added: “If the paramedics hadn’t done what they did he could have died or been paralysed completely from the neck down. It was such a good result, I didn’t lose my son.”
Glynn added: “I’ve been to a lot of accidents and the outcome usually isn’t very good. This reiterates to us that we do a job professionally and to the best of our abilities and that it does work.
“We’re just happy that Johnathan can stand up and walk.”
The occupants of the other car suffered only minor injuries.
A police investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.