UPLIFTING STORIESKate’s story

Kate Fuller was rescued by HIOWAA in 2015 after her car was hit by another car travelling at 80 mph.  Here she tells her story.

Since my accident on 7th July 2015 I have suffered from Retrograde Amnesia and I have no memory of what happened that day.  It is thanks to the help of the Police, my family and numerous witnesses on the day that I have been able to piece together my story.

My husband Paul and I had been trying for a baby for 8 years.  We had recently decided to get a puppy, which we named Darcey, and life was good.

Kate Fuller, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

On the day of my accident I had been visiting my Mum and Dad and was driving home from Ringwood with Darcey, who was now a one year old puppy.  I was on Roeshot Hill when suddenly everything went drastically wrong. We were hit head on by a car travelling at 80mph!  The impact was so forceful that I ended up being trapped in the vehicle and it took the Fire and Rescue Service nearly two hours to free me.

According to the Police, the Air Ambulance touched down in a nearby field. Unfortunately, I remember nothing about the Air Ambulance arriving or how the Critical Care Team helped me. I do have several photographs of the accident taken by the local paper, including one of me lying on a trolley as I was about to be lifted onto the Air Ambulance, surrounded by members of the Emergency Services.

I am truly thankful for all the help that I received from the Emergency Services. But more importantly, I will be forever grateful to the Air Ambulance Critical Care Team for saving my life.

I am at home now with my husband and my faithful dog Darcey who was helped out of the vehicle on the day of my accident by a local lady. I am undergoing weekly Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy sessions. Some days are harder than others. But I am forever grateful to the Air Ambulance Critical Care Team.  I would love to be able to thank them personally one day.

Kate Fuller's story, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

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