Meet Carl Atkins

Patient story

Carl Atkins

In September 2003 Carl Atkins was knocked off his motorbike and run over by a bus in Old Buckenham, leaving him seriously injured. EAAA was tasked to attend the scene by helicopter, where they found Carl with horrific injuries. After initial treatment on scene he was then flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Carl had sustained many injuries, including; a fractured neck and spine, broken jaw and arm, a lacerated kidney and had also suffered a pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

Despite the terrible injuries he sustained and a long rehabilitation journey, Carl made a full recovery, and says that the crew aboard EAAA were responsible for saving his life with their fast and efficient actions. Carl has seen first-hand the work that we do, and has chosen to leave a gift to EAAA in his will in the hope that this could help someone just like him.

“Wills are often not really talked about but I am proud to know that I have left something behind that my children might benefit from. You’re not leaving a gift for yourself, you are leaving it for a community.”- Carl Atkins, EAAA patient.

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