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Whitechapel medics win Pride of Britain award

PUBLISHED: 14:36 10 November 2016

Sam Margetts, holding the trophy, with the rest of the London's Air Ambulance team and celebrities at the ceremony

Sam Margetts, holding the trophy, with the rest of the London's Air Ambulance team and celebrities at the ceremony

Alexandra Beard-Gould

A team from London’s Air Ambulance have received a Pride of Britain award for their life-saving work.

The team, based at Whitechapel’s Royal London Hospital, went to the rescue of a cyclist who was crushed by a lorry in central London in December 2014.

They used a pioneering procedure known as reboa to stop 24-year-old Victoria bleeding to death at the roadside.

Her pelvis was badly crushed but by inserting a balloon into her major blood vessel, it bought enough time to get her to hospital.

The team – Dr Simon Walsh, Dr Samy Sadek and paramedics Bill Leaning, Dean Bateman and Sam Margetts – were presented with the This Morning Emergency Services Team award at the ceremony, broadcast on ITV.

Dr Gareth Davies, medical director for London’s Air Ambulance, said: “It is a huge honour to receive this award which recognises the successful development and delivery of reboa outside the hospital.

“London’s Air Ambulance medics were the first in the world to use reboa at the roadside.

“Being able to manage blood loss at the scene means we can reduce the number of people who die before they even get to hospital.”

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