AIR ambulance medics have named a motorcyclist as the luckiest man in Britain after he survived a horrific road accident.
Keith Talbot was airlifted to hospital in just 13 minutes by the Great North Air Ambulance Service after the smash in rural Northumberland.
The 43-year-old suffered a shattered pelvis, a torn artery in his heart, a cracked sternum and a string of other injuries when his three-wheeled trike ploughed into a car in a blind dip on the road.
A passing off-duty North East Ambulance Service paramedic gave Keith emergency first aid before he was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Doctors there then spotted and treated a potentially fatal tear in his aorta, an injury often detected only during a post-mortem.
Keith, who lives with his wife Avril, 44, in Ashington, Northumberland, is still in the RVI and has a metal cage fitted around his pelvis to prevent it breaking again while his bones heal.
He will have to learn to walk again after the near-fatal accident in the Alnwick area on Sunday May 6.
Colin Clark, an air ambulance service paramedic, said: “I think Mr Talbot was the luckiest man in Britain that day.
“It was fortunate that there was an off-duty paramedic on the scene quickly and that the road ambulance crew were also quick to respond.
“This meant that when we arrived our doctor was able to be fully briefed before Mr Talbot was anaesthetised on the roadside and then airlifted.”
Keith, who expects to have to stay in hospital for another two or three months, said: “It’s like that whole day, and the previous week for that matter, never happened. As far as I am aware I woke up in intensive care and had no idea how I got there.
“It was pretty scary actually, like waking from a nightmare. From what I’ve been told, the section of road I was travelling on has a big dip in it.
“I was overtaking a car thinking it was clear, but I clearly hadn’t seen the car in the dip.
“I will actually miss the weekend rides out on the trike with my friends, but due to the extreme nature of my injuries, and the length of time in hospital, there is no way I will ever get another trike or bike and risk anything like this happening again.”
Keith’s friends are now organising a fundraiser for the air ambulance, which relies on charitable giving to survive.
The music evening, featuring Ball of Mayhem and special guests, will be held on Friday, September 21, at the Excelsior Club in Station Road, Ashington. It will include a raffle and fancy dress with an 80s theme, and admission costs £2.