An Eastbourne teenager airlifted to hospital by Sussex Air Ambulance after an accident at a skate park is to be featured in Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E on Monday night (June 16).
Former Willingdon School pupil Max Parks, 17, suffered serious head and facial injuries when he fell 14ft while performing a stunt at Westskates last year.
Paramedics were first on scene before calling in the Air Ambulance due to the severity of Max’s injuries and pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, landed on the industrial estate before the charity helicopter’s doctor Steph Tilston and critical care paramedic Chris Fudge carried out emergency treatment at the scene. Max, who lives with his parents Steve and Tracy in Chiltern Close, was flown to the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital within 30 minutes – a 90 minute journey by road.
The final episode of the current series of 24 Hours in A&E, called Boys Don’t Cry, shows Max arriving in the resuscitation area where Dr Tilston catalogues his injuries and treatment at scene.
Doctors at King’s needed to ensure that Max was stable before taking him to CT scan as his parents were rushed to the hospital under police escort. He remained in hospital for several months and underwent major surgery.
Max, now at college, is now an ambassador for the charity which his family say undoubtedly saved his life.
Mum Tracy said, “Without the air ambulance Max would have died. We are so grateful to the ambulance team and all those at King’s College for helping us and Max to rebuild his life.
24 Hours in A&E used more than 90 cameras to film around the clock at King’s, offering unprecedented access to one of Britain’s busiest accident and emergency departments and the award-winning programme is on at 9pm.