This is the story of a man who has defied the odds and survived a road traffic incident on his bike.
Matthew Jones is a friend to everyone, I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t highly respect or love Matthew to bits. He is made of nothing but a loving, supportive and encouraging nature, he is friends to some, councillor to others, like a brother to many, and of course a husband to Sarah, and Brother to Emma.
Sunday 16th of June 2019, started like many other Sunday mornings for Matt & Sarah, it involved a cycle with friends.
You can consider the events on that day as unlucky, or you can see the luck in the things which followed. Matthew was struck by a car at 11:11am, a 999 call was made at 11:12am, the 999 dispatcher Ben Watts, aided by Dispatch Assistant Megan Fowler made the decision to send the Thames Valley Air Ambulance HeliMed24
Thames Valley Air Ambulance (HeliMed24) lifted from RAF Benson at 11:16. The aircraft landed with Matt at 11:29, where critical care was provided by HEMS team, Dr Stewart McMorran & Critical Care Paramedic Katy Schofield .
At this point Matthew was put into an induced Comma by the team. HeliMed24 lifted from Pangbourne at 12:49, and 8 minutes later arrived at the John Radcliffe Trauma Unit.
Matthew remained within the Neuro ITU unit from Sunday 16th ventilated and sedated in a critical state until Sunday 30th June 2019, when on this afternoon he spoke his first clear words “Hello Love” to Sarah.
Matthew remains in Neuro ITU and has a long road ahead with his recovery, but if it was not for the swift actions of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and the dedicated resources of the John Radcliffe, Matthew simply would not be alive today.
Thames Valley Air Ambulance is a charity, whose sole purpose is to provide rapid and flexible medical attention to people in need of critical care, on the afternoon of the 16th June, it well and truly met its objective, by saving our fiend, brother and husband Matthew. The charity receives no funding from central government, and only manages to provide this invaluable resource through donations.
The purpose of this fund-raising page is to pay tribute and thanks to the team at TVAL, and allow them to go on to save the next Matthew who needs their support.
To find out more about TVAA please visit : www.tvairambulance.org.uk