Paramedic thanks crew for saving his life after hit-and-run

Jack Talbot spent 13 days in a coma after an intoxicated carjacker hit him while driving on the wrong side of the road during a police chase

By EMS1 Staff

CUMBRIA, England — A paramedic who was hit by a drunk carjacker during a police chase was reunited with the crew who saved his life.

Mirror reported that paramedic Jack Talbot spent 13 days in a coma and suffered a brain injury, fractured spine and a broken shoulder and ribs after the crash that occurred while he was riding his bike.

The driver, John Burns, allegedly stole a car at a gas station and led police on a high-speed chase. He turned a corner and crashed into Talbot, sending his bike 30 feet into the air, according to police.

Police later found the abandoned car with a bottle of whiskey and Burns’ drivers’ license inside. Burns pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.

Talbot met the air ambulance crew who treated him after the incident, and thanked them for saving his life.

“As a paramedic, I think I used to take the air ambulance for granted, but as a patient I see them totally different,” Talbot said.  “I was lucky that they were available because they’re not only quick at getting people to the hospital but they have a doctor on board. I wouldn’t be here without them.”


It was great to meet Jack Talbot, 25, at our Langwathby base yesterday and see he has made a good recovery since...

Posted by Great North Air Ambulance Service on Monday, November 6, 2017


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