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Ingleby Arncliffe sporting champ reunited with the doctor who saved her after life-threatening smash
A SPORTING champion has shown her gratitude to the airborne life-savers who came to her rescue when she was almost killed in a road smash.
Jill Libby was re-united with the doctor who saved her and presented the Great North Air Ambulance with more than £5,000 – twice the cost of their life-saving mission.
Mrs Libby, from Ingleby Arncliffe, was cycling to collect her youngest child from school in June last year and was waiting at a junction when two cars collided, one of which then struck her at 50mph.
She was flung 20 metres through the air by the impact, suffered serious injuries to her chest, arm and head and was treated on the spot by air ambulance doctor Dave Bramley before being airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, for emergency surgery.
The incident happened just a week before she had been due to compete in the World Masters’ Orienteering Championships, having already been crowned British champion in her age category.
But despite her lengthy rehabilitation, she has since been able to rebuild her fitness and on the first anniversary of the accident completed a fundraising cycle taking in the 20-mile route she had been due to follow12 months earlier.
“I am delighted by the amount of money I have raised for GNAAS, almost double the cost of a call out. It feels good to end what has been a difficult year on such a positive note,” she said.
And she added: “I’d like to say thanks to the many people who have given support, friendship and wisdom during the past year.
“This recovery process was started at the road side, by the quick response and expertise of the emergency and rescue services.”
Mrs Libby raised the money through GNAAS’ online-giving website - createanddonate.co.uk - and soon exceeded her original target by more than five times.
She said: “It was a good experience and very therapeutic to speak to Dr Bramley about the incident. The charity do an amazing job. I wouldn’t be here without them.”
The air ambulance’s head of fund-raising, Mandy Drake, said: “It was an emotional moment to see the two reunited.”
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