A man who had his throat slit open in a freak accident has revealed the terrifying ordeal he endured.
Dave Jackson was out boating with his wife Christine earlier this year when his life changed in an instant.
The 62-year-old was pulling the boat back onto their trailer when the D-ring – which was later found to be made of the incorrect metal – snapped.
The winch then swung towards Dave, striking him on the chest before ricocheting up and slashing his throat.
Dave was thrown back around 15 feet from the impact while bleeding uncontrollably and struggling to breathe, according to Manchester Evening News.
Fortunately, a first-aider and local medic were on the beach on that Spring evening on May 22.
They rushed to lorry driver Dave’s side and called for an ambulance to help Dave, who is from Salford.
The North West Air Ambulance was also alerted and quickly arrived at the scene.
Dave was then given life-saving care from the crew, including air ambulance pilot Rob, doctors Ian and Matt and critical care paramedic team leader Rob.
Dave was put to sleep by performing a rapid sequence induction with a managed airway.
He was then flown to Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire’s major trauma centre, where he was admitted and received further specialist treatment for his serious throat and chest injuries.
Dave said: “Though I don’t remember much from when the air ambulance crew arrived, without them there on that day, I don’t think I’d have survived.
“From the original first aider and medic, to the ambulance, and then the NWAA crew, I’m so grateful that I was surrounded by people who knew what to do in my time of need.
“The incident happened just two days before my birthday – Christine said that if I wanted a helicopter ride for my birthday I should have just asked.”
Thankfully, Dave has since undergone a smooth recovery and physiotherapy, with his chest and throat healing up well.
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He is recovering and continues to regain strength.
“I cannot thank the charity’s crew enough. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today,” Dave continued.
“For National Air Ambulance Week, I am wholeheartedly encouraging everyone to support this wonderful organisation, as you never know when you might need them.”
Heather Arrowsmith, CEO at the North West Air Ambulance charity, added: “Hearing from patients like Dave demonstrates just how important the charity’s work is.
“Our crew are out there every day, having a life-changing impact on people’s lives, and it wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support we receive from supporters, donors, fundraisers and volunteers.”
“The nature of our work means there will always be patients in need, and public support, no matter how big or small, makes an incredible difference.
“It keeps our helicopters in the air, our rapid response vehicles out on the road, and provides vital funds to enable us to continually adapt our service to make sure we’re always offering the best possible care and emergency interventions for our patients.”