Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I have been doing this career for 16 years...

... and I can honestly say that yesterday I had the worst case I've ever been to.

I arrived at the scene of an accident, to find a car had crashed into a tree at high speed. The car was absolutely trashed, bonnet indistinguishable from the cab.
I was informed that the car was travelling down the road and a child ran out in front, so the driver swerved, mounted the pavement and smashed into the tree.
i approached the vehicle, with the bystanders screaming at me that the "child" is very bad. I looked inside to find an elderly lady, covered in blood, sitting behind the drivers seat. Over her lap and half draped in the passenger well lay a 5 year old girl, completely limp and lifeless, a large gaping laceration across her forehead spilling precious blood. I climbed inside and made a quick assessment, and with the help of the Flying Squad members, i emergency extricated her out. I started active resuscitation, Iv therapy and drug therapy by the time an ambulance arrived.
i got the pulse back and raced to my hospital, where the Ct scan showed an the true extent of the injuries... she died later that night with her family sitting by her side!

why oh why do people continuesly drive with children UNRESTRAINED in cars????????


Jenty said...

That makes me very sad :(

Avril said...

So she was the granny who was driving? That makes it even worse - she has the responsibility of caring for her grandchild and this is what happens. Makes my blood boil when I see children not buckled up.
Very very sad

Kathy said...

Just too terrible.

Greg said...

I feel your pain, my Brother. Unfortunately it's something you never get used to. And here in the States, there seems to be just as much unrestrained children in cars. It's a sad, sad thing.