New air ambulance

2 May 2010, 06:00

Hampshire's air ambulance says it will be able to help more patients, now it is getting a new helicopter.

The upgrade is being delivered in September to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and the charity says that will increase it's operational capacity.

Since it started flying 3 years ago, the air ambulance has been on more than two thousand missions.

Heart spoke to one of the patients recently rescued by crews in Hampshire, Megan Harrison. She broke her leg in a sledging accident, "The sledge went into the snowman at the bottom of the hill and I couldn't stop myself. It was very scary. But it was nice to know they were there to help me."

Megan's dad Geoff said the outcome could have been much different if the rescue crews were not there, because the accident happened in some woods, "For fit and able healthy people walking down there, it takes about 50 minutes. To carry a child out with a badly broken leg it would be nigh on impossible."

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