'I could have lost my life': How woman who survived head-on truck smash plans to give something back to medics who saved her

A woman has spoken out about surviving a horror smash where she could have lost her legs and her long road to recovery. Katie Pease's life was turned upside down after colliding head-on with a truck on a road near Melton in November 2016. "If I hadn't been flown in the air ambulance it may be that I wouldn't have made it.

I could have lost my leg or my life," said Katie, 26, from Woodhouse Eaves near Loughborough. Now the dental nurse is planning to leap out of a plane in a charity skydive to raise funds for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, to give back to the service which came to her rescue. Katie had to be cut out of her car when she was in a head-on collision with a truck on an icy road at Asfordby Hill.

The impact pushed the engine back into her legs and she sustained multiple injuries including two broken femurs, a smashed left knee and foot, six broken ribs, a lacerated spleen, a collapsed lung and a broken right collar bone. She said: "I was out in the sticks, an ambulance would not have got me to hospital in time." Within six minutes of a 999 call being made, the air ambulance took off from its base at East Midlands Airport and 14 minutes later arrived at the scene of the accident.

Katie was given a cocktail of pain relief drugs and sedated to make her more comfortable, she was also given antibiotics to prevent infection of the open wound on her left knee - interventions that paramedics on a land ambulance are unable to do. The air ambulance doctor and critical care paramedics applied splints to her legs which would have helped curb the amount of blood she was losing. Getting Katie to the nearest major trauma hospital as quickly as possible was crucial and it took the helicopter just 10 minutes to fly her to Nottingham for a quick transfer by land ambulance to the Queen's Medical Centre.

The same journey by road - without any hold ups - would take half an hour.

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Katie had to be given multiple units of blood before she could be operated on and she spent two and a half weeks in hospital before being allowed home. "I was told that I wouldn't be able to walk more than 100 yards and would never be able to do a job other than a desk job. The worst case scenario was that I might have to come to terms with being a wheelchair user," she explains.

But Katie was determined to make the best recovery she could and seven weeks after the accident was able to stand up using crutches. Nine months after the accident - which happened in November 2016 - she was walking and able to return to work.

Katie in 2017, just three months after the accident with Melton fire crews

She said: "I will always be grateful and thankful to all of the help I had getting me to hospital, resulting in my leg being saved and back up and walking within 9 months." Amazingly, on April 3 Katie and her friend Chelsea Longstaff, 27, from Loughborough, will undertake a tandem skydive at Langer Skydiving Centre in Nottinghamshire to raise funds for and awareness of the air ambulance charity.

Despite suffering from arthritis and being in constant pain - which has meant she has had to reduce her working hours - Katie wants to do the challenge because she thinks "the air ambulance doesn't get enough recognition".

Katie and Chelsea have a JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katie-Pease for anybody wanting to sponsor them on their mission.

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