A man who has defied doctors and survived a horrific car crash which left him needing 40 units of blood has backed the Advertiser’s Give A Pint Save A Life campaign.
In May 2009 Pete Corbett was competing at Buxton Raceway when his car flipped and he broke 14 bones in his body, ruptured the main artery in his heart, and punctured both his lungs.
The 57-year-old said: “Anyone could have an accident and it was because of the wonderful people who gave a bit of their life that I could keep my life.”
The Give A Pint Save A Life campaign is the name of our year-long drive aimed at encouraging more people to pledge to sign up to become blood donors.
Pete said: “Speaking as someone who has received, I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the people who chose to donate all those years ago and I am completely behind anything that encourages people to sign up and register.”
A blood donor shares why she gives blood When Pete had his accident he never broke the skin and all his injuries were internal and said he is only the third person medics have treated who survived an aortic rip and if he had broken any skin he would have died at the scene.
He was placed into a medically induced coma and was taken to the trauma unit at Wythenshawe Hospital by the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Doctors used 40 units of blood to keep him alive as his internal injuries meant he could not retain the donations.
Eight years on he is now fighting fit.
Importance of giving blood
Pete, from Brown Edge Road, Buxton, said he is still humbled by the generosity of the people who were donors.
He said: “When I had recovered I went along to a donor session in Buxton and it moved me to tears. There was a man a with blood running down his arm but he didn’t seem to mind - everybody there was so selfless. Those donors, the NHS and ambulance crew are all now part of the jigsaw that makes up my life.” To register to become a donor visit www.blood.co.uk