South Yorkshire mum meets life-savers to launch appeal

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A mum left fighting for life in a crash which also injured her two children came face-to-face with the air ambulance medics who saved her at the launch of a new appeal.

Carrie Cheeseman, aged 40, was crossing a road with her two young children, Maxwell and Scarlett, when they were hit by a car.

Carrie Cheeseman is reunited with paramedics Darrell Cullen and Sam Burgess who saved her life.

Carrie Cheeseman is reunited with paramedics Darrell Cullen and Sam Burgess who saved her life.

She broke her neck, back, pelvis, several ribs, both legs, a shoulder blade, and an arm as well as suffering a punctured lung.

Scarlett suffered broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and a lacerated liver, and baby Maxwell sustained a blow to the head.

The family were rushed to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in a race against time.

Despite her injuries in the crash five years ago, Carrie - who grew up in Penistone - has made a good recovery.

She had the chance to thank paramedics Darrell Cullen and Sam Burgess when their helicopter touched down at the headquarters of healthcare business B Braun Medical Ltd in Chapeltown, Sheffield. The company has launched a campaign across South Yorkshire to help the ambulance charity.

The ‘175 Campaign’ - which marks B Braun’s 175th anniversary - encourages people to donate a minimum of £1.75 each towards the appeal by Christmas.

Hans Hux, chief executive of the firm, which has supported the air ambulance for almost 15 years, said: “The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a vital resource. However, it relies entirely on public donations to keep it running - at a cost of £9,999 per day.

“If everybody across the region, businesses and individuals alike, dug into their pockets and gave just £1.75 each, we could make a real difference towards this invaluable, lifesaving service.”

Carrie now lives in Morley, Leeds.

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