A weekend motorbike ride through the Yorkshire Dales nearly ended in tragedy for one Tingley man.
Michael Rawson, a novice rider, lost control of his bike going through the village of Aysgarth, sliding into the path of a car.
The 41-year-old was one of the first patients to be given the powerful painkiller ketamine by Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) paramedics after badly fracturing his femur in the accident. His story featured in the new BBC1 television series Helicopter Heroes which follows the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Michael, who also suffered a broken collarbone, ribs and fingers in the accident, was treated at the scene by YAA paramedics and then flown to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.
He said: “One minute we were having a lovely weekend ride and then it all went horribly wrong.
“The pain was just horrific, but the paramedics were amazing. I honestly think if it wasn’t for them I would not be here today.
“Now, when I see the air ambulance it’s like seeing an angel. I don’t know, there’s a real emotional connection and I can’t thank the paramedics and pilots enough for all they do.”
HGV driver Michael spent two weeks in James Cook before transferring to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, for further treatment on his shattered leg.
He is still is recovering from the accident at his Thorpe Lane home. Michael has pledged to organise a fund-raising event among bikers for YAA.