Teen who almost had his head cut off thanks medic who saved him

Daily Echo: BASICS Hampshire medic Bruce Armstrong with grateful accident victim Jordon Griffin BASICS Hampshire medic Bruce Armstrong with grateful accident victim Jordon Griffin

A STUDENT has made an incredible recovery after his head was almost cut off in a horror motorbike smash.

Jordon Griffin, 19, was on his 125cc Pulse Adrenaline motorbike near Winchester when he was involved in a collision with a Ford Galaxy. Part of the car’s wheel trim sliced into his neck through a 1mm gap between his helmet and leathers.

A bystander and emergency BASICS medic Bruce Armstrong administered crucial first-aid on the spot to stop him bleeding to death.

Jordon was then transferred by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he was treated. He has now made a full recovery.

Now Jordon has met the medic who helped save his life to thank him personally.

Jordon, of The Dell , Kings Worthy, said last night: “It’s extraordinary that I didn’t lose my head and nothing less than a miracle that I’m still alive.

“I have seen what can happen to people in motorcycle accidents but it’s weird to think it’s happened to me. It’s almost like it didn’t happen because I don’t remember it. But I do feel like I have a second chance at life now.

“I lost 40 per cent of my blood but only stayed in hospital for eight days because of the treatment Bruce gave me so I’m very grateful because without him I would not be here.” Mr Armstrong, 44, a nurse at Southampton General Hospital, used battlefield techniques to save Jordon’s life.

The 22-year Territorial Army veteran, who has served in Afghanistan, said: “We brought together what we have learned in Afghanistan and are now using it in Hampshire. The dressing we used is used on the front line there. In the past most people with Jordon’s injury would not have survived.

“It was a really good team effort, with the ambulance and police in the 20 minutes at the roadside before we got him to hospital.

“It is a great feeling to have contributed to saving his life. To see him making good progress is fantastic. It is a real privilege to do the work we do.”

Jordon’s mum Sue is now fundraising for BASICS Hampshire, a charity in which off-duty doctors and nurses volunteer to provide emergency help.

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12:09pm Tue 31 Jul 12

beesdee says...

Nice to hear someone express their appreciation for having their life saved. I think people should be very grateful that there are others who are prepared to deal with the aftermath of horrific accidents.
Nice to hear someone express their appreciation for having their life saved. I think people should be very grateful that there are others who are prepared to deal with the aftermath of horrific accidents. beesdee

12:48pm Tue 31 Jul 12

999medic says...

Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly
Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly 999medic

1:23pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Niel says...

Good one Paddy, must catch-up with you some day!
Good one Paddy, must catch-up with you some day! Niel

1:55pm Tue 31 Jul 12

cantthinkofone says...

The guy should get nominated for the New Years honours list, or something equally fitting.
The guy should get nominated for the New Years honours list, or something equally fitting. cantthinkofone

2:47pm Tue 31 Jul 12

For pity sake says...

999medic wrote:
Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly
Good luck with the fund raising for such a good cause.
However, I don't think it's a good idea to encourage people to post their email addresses on a public forum - this is how spam spreads.
[quote][p][bold]999medic[/bold] wrote: Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly[/p][/quote]Good luck with the fund raising for such a good cause. However, I don't think it's a good idea to encourage people to post their email addresses on a public forum - this is how spam spreads. For pity sake

3:11pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Huey says...

Good on ya!
Good on ya! Huey

11:42pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Condor Man says...

glad he's recovered, shame about the Chelsea shirt.
glad he's recovered, shame about the Chelsea shirt. Condor Man

11:55pm Tue 31 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

999medic wrote:
Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly
Could you ask The Echo to run a story to help you? You'd get greater coverage than relying on the comments.
[quote][p][bold]999medic[/bold] wrote: Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly[/p][/quote]Could you ask The Echo to run a story to help you? You'd get greater coverage than relying on the comments. IronLady2010

12:13pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Niel says...

999medic wrote:
Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly
Given the world wide interest via BikersPost.com and their Facebook page in this story, it might be worth following up with the BMF/MAG and other bike related groups directly.
[quote][p][bold]999medic[/bold] wrote: Well done Bruce, and my fellow colleagues, if anyone visits this comments page and wishes to donate a prize for a forth coming BASICs fundraiser leave me an email address on here and I'll contact you directly[/p][/quote]Given the world wide interest via BikersPost.com and their Facebook page in this story, it might be worth following up with the BMF/MAG and other bike related groups directly. Niel

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