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Belts and tie used as tourniquet after man severs foot in Horsham Hospital collision

JPCT 200314 Incident outside Horsham Hospital . Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140320-121706001

JPCT 200314 Incident outside Horsham Hospital . Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140320-121706001

A man has told how he sprung into action and used belts and a tie to make a tourniquet for a driver who severed his foot at Horsham Hospital yesterday (Friday March 21).

Neil Rowley, 47, was first on the scene after the collision in the hospital car park at around 10.45am.

He had taken a friend for a blood test and were both leaving when they witnessed a car ‘going crazy’.

He said: “We saw the man’s car spinning around and that’s when I stopped the car and got out.”

Mr Rowley, a member of cabin crew and trained first aider, said the car had reversed into a lamp post while the driver’s door was open.

The 89-year-old man’s foot was severed in the impact.

Mr Rowley said when he rushed to the driver’s assistance he had collapsed on the ground.

“Blood was pumping everywhere,” he said.

“Everything was in slow motion.

“I used two belts and a tie as a tourniquet and reassured the man.”

Emergency services arrived on the scene shortly afterwards.

An air ambulance landed on playing fields at neighbouring Collyer’s college.

The driver was airlifted to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

A spokesperson for Horsham police said he was in a life-threatening condition.

 

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