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Norfolk man badly injured in A47 motorbike crash thanks his lifesaver

PUBLISHED: 13:44 05 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 February 2017

Thank you - Mark Jarvis is reunited with his lifesaver, St John Ambulance employee Wayne McGeary. Picture: MICK HOWES

Thank you - Mark Jarvis is reunited with his lifesaver, St John Ambulance employee Wayne McGeary. Picture: MICK HOWES

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A man who suffered severe leg injuries in a motorcycle crash has been reunited with his lifesaver,

Mark Jarvis was given emergency medical treatment at the roadside after his motorbike burst into flames in a field following a collision with another vehicle on the A47 near Cantley.

St John Ambulance (SJA) employee Wayne McGeary was driving home from his shift at work about 10.40pm on May 4 last year, when he spotted the bike in flames.

Recalling that the only emergency personnel in attendance at the time was a PCSO with a police car and blue lights indicating there had been an accident, Mr McGeary stopped to see if he could assist.

Mr Jarvis, 51, of Ormesby St Margaret, had severe injuries to his left leg as well as a torn femoral artery.

Mr McGeary, a volunteer Emergency Transport Attendant (ETA) registered with SJA in Lowestoft, stemmed the bleeding from Mr Jarvis’ leg by applying pressure. When the ambulance service paramedics arrived he helped them to splint Mark’s legs, collar and load him into the ambulance.

Mr Jarvis spent several months recovering from his injuries, but unfortunately lost his left leg above the knee.

During his recuperation, he was keen to find out who it was who had assisted him and contacted St John Ambulance.

The east region team used its records to discover it was Mr McGeary who attended the scene and they arranged a reunion in Lowestoft.

Mr Jarvis said: “I would like to say a very special thanks to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s Gately Ward, the Colman Centre at Pine Cottage in Norwich and Pace Rehabilitation in Chesham for therapy and my prosthesis.

“However, Wayne is top of that list and his intervention and cool head that night made the past nine months possible.”

Mr Jarvis’ recovery has been so positive that he is determined to continue riding and he is exploring options for a specially adapted motorbike.

Roy Watson, team leader, ambulance operations at SJA, said: “Wayne is necessarily trained to a high standard which has clearly been of great benefit to the injured motorcyclist.

“My colleagues and I are proud of the skills exhibited by Wayne on this occasion.”

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