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A prolific blood donor from Diss has thanked the team who treated him with an innovative blood transfusion at the scene of a life-threatening road accident last year.

Motorcyclist Andrew Walker was on his way home from Diss train station in August when his scooter collided with a stationary vehicle.

Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service and the East Anglian Air Ambulance were able to administer a blood transfusion at the scene, potentially saving the 56-year-old’s life.

Andrew Walker visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance this week to personally thanks the paramedics who treated him.
Andrew Walker visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance this week to personally thanks the paramedics who treated him.

Mr Walker, who has donated blood 34 times during his life, said: “I’m so grateful to the ambulance and air ambulance teams who treated me and made sure that I received the very best care and to the blood bikers who make sure the air ambulance was able to carry blood.

“Being a regular blood donor, you go and give blood with never a thought that one day you may need it yourself. I would always encourage anyone that can give blood to do so, or to support one of these incredible charities.”

The East Anglian Air Ambulance works alongside Norfolk Blood Bikes as part of a cutting-edge programme studying the administration of blood transfusions prior to arriving at hospital.

Keith Grisedale, from Norfolk Blood Bikes, said: “Under normal circumstances, we never know who the patient is, so to know we played an integral part in Andrew’s recovery is immensely satisfying.”



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