Sheffield bike crash victim thanks lifesavers

Shona Fraser with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Sammy Wills on a visit to the charity's base at Nostell, near Wakefield.
Shona Fraser with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Sammy Wills on a visit to the charity's base at Nostell, near Wakefield.
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A student badly injured in a horrific motorbike accident is making a good recovery – and has thanked helicopter medics who saved her life.

Shona Fraser, aged 21, from Lodge Moor, Sheffield, was left with a catalogue of injuries following the smash on the Dearne Valley Parkway, including a broken pelvis and thigh, several fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a broken eye socket.

The graphic design student, who attends Sheffield Hallam University, was airlifted to the Northern General Hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after the crash.

After a week in critical care, and a further fortnight in hospital, brave Shona began her long recovery at home, and she is gradually getting better with regular physiotherapy sessions.

She said: “Quite simply if it wasn’t for the air ambulance and the brilliant paramedics I wouldn’t have made it. They were there so quickly, and got me to the trauma centre within minutes and I can’t thank them enough.”

Biker Shona was riding with a friend to the popular Yorkshire Pudding Rally, near York, when the accident happened in August and she crashed into a car which performed an unexpected U-turn.

She said: “I was only doing about 30 to 35mph but had no time at all to put my brakes on or get out of the way. I went straight into the driver’s door.”

Shona raised £900 for the charity by collecting donations and holding a bike night, and she is also supporting a campaign which challenges people to raise at least £175 in 175 hours between tomorrow and November 15. The challenge has been launched by Chapeltown-based firm B Braun Medical, which is marking 175 years in business. To sign up email m.perry@yaa.org.uk or call 07768 175 727.