Carissa is put into the air ambulance

Carissa is put into the air ambulance

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has carried out its 10,000th mission.

The Charity’s EC135 helicopter, Pilot Max Hoskins, Paramedic Mark Williams and Consultant Doctor Ian Mews attended the incident which took place in the Shaftesbury area at 1.45pm yesterday, Thursday 29 May.

The patient, Carissa Ealson (24) was taking part in a cross country horse riding event with her youngest sister Victoria when she suffered a fall.  She was treated at the scene before being airlifted at 2.25 pm, arriving at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester at 2.48 pm.

After arriving at hospital, Carissa underwent further tests and x-rays.

Fortunately the results showed that she had not broken any bones and did not suffer any other serious injuries to her back, neck or hips and was discharged from hospital later in the day.

Speaking on behalf of her sister, Stacey Ealson called the Charity with an update and said, “We are really grateful to the Air Ambulance for all their help and are so pleased that Carissa is going to be OK.  She has now left hospital with some pain relief medication and hopefully will feel better soon.”

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said, “Every one of the missions we fly is the result of somebody suffering a potentially life-threatening injury or accident and it is not a number that we celebrate.  It simply demonstrates the need for an Air Ambulance that services the counties of Dorset and Somerset.

“During the past year and with generous support from the public, we have been able to purchase new items of equipment which has not only improved our normal Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), but has also enhanced our patient transfer capability and in turn has given patients the best possible chance of survival and recovery.
“We would like express our thanks to everyone who supports the Charity and hope they feel as proud as we are, to be making such a difference to so many people’s lives.”

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