Zoe was eight months pregnant when she was involved in a serious road traffic collision. Zoe explains her story in her own words below:
" 26th February was a day that I will never forget. That day my perspective on life changed. From an ordinary trip out with the family to the shock and horror of being involved in a horrific car accident. I was 8 months pregnant with twins when we were involved in a road traffic collision. To see a car lose control in front of you, knowing there is nothing you can do about it. On impact I hemorrhaged and my waters broke. My focus was on my two boys sitting in the back of the car, but I also knew I hadn’t felt any movement from my babies.
I was 30 weeks pregnant with twins.
My husband and I managed to get out of the vehicle and got our two boys out. We were all relatively unscathed considering, but I was concerned about my babies. The ambulance and fire services arrived quickly and so did family members to help. I was aware of London’s Air Ambulance helicopters arriving, and I kept telling the boys not to worry, it was like fireman Sam in his rescue helicopter. I was put in an ambulance to be made more comfortable and the doctor and paramedic from London’s Air Ambulance took over my care. It was decided I would be airlifted to The Royal London Hospital.
I now know that with an airlift it only takes 6 to 9 minutes to get to the hospital. Time can make all the difference.
The doctor and paramedic from London’s Air Ambulance made me feel at ease, re-assuring me, telling me everything that was going on, and the paramedic held my hand all the way. With the roadside care and quick response I made it through the next 72 hours without going into premature labour.
In fact, thanks to London’s Air Ambulance I made it to 36 weeks and gave birth to two healthy baby boys. I owe them so much. "