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Surrey Air Ambulance paramedic airlifted by her own helicopter

PUBLISHED: 09:34 10 February 2011 | UPDATED: 20:37 20 February 2013

Surrey Air Ambulance paramedic airlifted by her own helicopter

Surrey Air Ambulance paramedic airlifted by her own helicopter

A Surrey Air Ambulance paramedic had to be airlifted by her fellow crew members after she was knocked unconscious in a horse riding accident.

A Surrey Air Ambulance paramedic had to be airlifted by her fellow crew members after she was knocked unconscious in a horse riding accident.


Natalie Brodrick was cantering along on five-year-old gelding Bonnet when he tripped over a rabbit hole in a field.


The 32-year-old was thrown off her horse and landed on her head, suffering a reduced level of consciousness.


She managed to phone her boyfriend Andy Baker and sister Emily who called 999. The Air Ambulance was then called and airlifted her to hospital.


I woke up on the floor and could not understand what had happened or where I was, said Natalie. Bonnet hadnt run off and was stood next to me.


My phone was in my pocket and Ive got numbers on speed dial so I automatically hit speed dial and got my boyfriend who was at my house. I said Id fallen off and had hit my head but didnt know where I was.


He told me to stay where I was and that he was coming to get me. I dont remember making that call. I then rang my sister but didnt know it was her I was talking to.


I remember thinking that I had to get to the farm nearby so I was leading my horse and my boyfriend could see me walking from the main road but when he got to me I was sat on the floor again.


Natalies colleague, critical care paramedic Jon Sanders, was on the Air Ambulance dispatch desk at Banstead when the 999 call came in. He was unaware that the patient was Natalie.


The decision to call the helicopter was made in the call centre because she had suffered a head injury, the remote location and the nearest land ambulance was half an hour away.


It took pilot Blaine Ashurst, Dr Amy Hughes and critical care paramedic Chris Fudge 15 minutes to get to Camber in East Sussex where they landed on the beach.


Natalie was then flown to the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford in Kent but was discharged later that day. She was off work for a month following the accident last month.


She has now urged fellow horse riders to always carry a mobile phone, tell family and friends where they are going, wear a body protector and replace helmets after a fall.


I feel a bit humbled and a bit embarrassed by the situation but at least I was wearing a body protector, she said. I would have been more seriously hurt otherwise.


Ive been riding since the age of four and it was a freak accident which could have happened to anyone.


Last year, Surrey Air Ambulance flew 701 missions of which 74 were sport and leisure accidents including horse riding.


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