Thursday 2 August 2012: A grand day
Well, wasn't it a grand day yesterday, first with Helen Glover and Heather Stanning winning their gold in the rowing, then Wiggo topping it off in the time trial - just perfect! Then last night when I was taking a look round the garden, my neighbour pushed this clipping through the fence.
I thought on the whole you wouldn't mind me posting what is a bit of a cheat blip because so many of you expressed concern when I wrote about it in May. I got involved peripherally in the aftermath of a shocking RTA right outside my house. After the ambulance had left to get the young man to hospital one of the cops told me it was the worst he'd ever seen. He was expected to die. But, hey, look, here we are. Isn't that fantastic?
For those of you with the time and inclination, I'll post the whole article below.
Have a great day..
A student has made an incredible recovery after his head was almost cut off in a horror motorbike smash.
Jordan Griffin, 19, was on his 125cc Pulse Adrenaline motorbike near Winchester when he was involved in a collision with a Ford Galaxy. Part of the car's wheel trim sliced into his neck through a 1mm gap between his helmet and leathers.
A bystander and emergency BASICS medic Bruce Armstrong administered crucial first-aid on the spot to stop him bleeding to death.
Jordan was then transferred by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he was treated. He has now made a full recovery.
Now Jordan has met the medic who helped save his life to thank him personally.
Jordan, of The Dell, Kings Worthy, said last night: "It's extraordinary that I didn't lose my head and nothing less than a miracle that I'm still alive.
"I have seen what can happen to people in motorcycle accidents but it's weird to think it's happened to me. It's almost like it didn't happen because I don't remember it. But I do feel like I have a second chance at life now.
"I lost 40 per cent of my blood but only stayed in hospital for eight days because of the treatment Bruce gave me so I'm very grateful because without him I would not be here."
Mr Armstrong, 44, a nurse at Southampton General Hospital, used battlefield techniques to save Jordan's life.
The 22-year Territorial Army veteran, who has served in Afghanistan, said: "We brought together what we have learned in Afghanistan and are now using it in Hampshire. The dressing we used is used on the front line there. In the past most people with Jordan's injury would not have survived.
"It was a really good team effort, with the ambulance and police in the 20 minutes at the roadside before we got him to hospital.
"It's a great feeling to have contributed to saving his life. To see him making good progress is fantastic. It is a real privilege to do the work we do."
Jordan's mum Sue is now fundraising for BASICS Hampshire, a charity in which 0ff-duty doctors and nurses volunteer to provide emergency help.