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7 December 2012, 14:52
More than a dozen people joined the Magpas Air Ambulance today to celebrate the charity's 40th birthday - and say a big thankyou.
Francis Gilbey from Ely, along with twelve other people from around East Anglia all have one thing in common - they have each suffered near-death experiences whilst at home, on the roads, in adverse weather conditions, or whilst taking part in leisure activities - and they gathered earlier today to mark the Magpas Air Ambulance service's 40 years.
Speaking to Heart, Francis told us he was: "I was driving home from work when I had a head-on collision at a particularly nasty bend - the airbag went off, there was lots of glass everywhere, lots of smoke. The next thing I remember, there was a Magpas Doctor who was attending me. He was very busy but you just can't thank people enough who help you like that.
Magpas were brilliant, I like to thank them very much; if it wasn't for them, I may not be here. How can you thank anyone enough for helping save your life?"