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womanbrokenankleculverairambulance7A regular visitor to the Isle of Wight is thanking all of the emergency crews, nurses, doctors and those who provided wider support after she suffered a nasty fall at Culver Down near Sandown last month.

On 11th October Toni Butcher was walking along a path with her husband, John, when she suddenly slipped on some loose stones, breaking her leg in 3 places.

In severe pain and in a remote location, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was scrambled to the scene to assist Toni. Later, with the help of Bembridge Coastguard and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, the HEMS team safely airlifted her to St Mary’s Hospital.

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Toni, from London, went on to have an operation to insert metal plates into her leg to fix the break. She left St Mary’s 10 days later.

Sending her thanks, Toni has said:

“I wish to send a very big ‘thank you’ to all the lovely people on this lovely island.

“We live in London and so an accident like this has come with a lot of logistical complications but everyone we have met, everyone that we have needed to help us, have been marvellous.

“We have been regular visitors to the island for the past 20 years and this latest visit has been one that we will not forget”.

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Toni and John would like to thank:

  • Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team“they were at the scene very quickly, taking control of the situation, giving reassurance and coordinating the emergency response”
  • The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service“friendly, jocular. I think his name was Justin”
  • The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance“the air ambulance crew, Tom and Geoff for their quick decisions and care”
  • St Mary’s A&E staff“especially Sarah for her wisdom and time taken to explain what was happening to us in our frightened and confused state”
  • St Mary’s nurses and care assistants on the wards“especially Alverstone. These people are wonderful. They have to deal with all manner of unpleasant tasks but never complain. They are friendly and always mindful of the patients needs and dignity”.
  • The surgeons, anaesthetists and therapists – “all working far too many hours each day and meeting each challenge with the same professionalism and dedication”
  • British Red Cross, Newport “for finding us an appropriate second hand wheelchair that we could take back to London. We also talked to Island Mobility and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice shop who were marvellous too during our search for a chair”
  • Island Cottage Holidays“for finding us new, accessible accommodation at such short notice”
  • Redway Farm“David and his sons for their kind concern and allowing us to move the family group in so early”


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