‘I was trapped against a wall by a car - and died three times in surgery’

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A man pinned by a car against the wall of Market Harborough store has this week spoken from his hospital bed about his terrifying ordeal.

Photographic sales manager Kevin Hall (52) has had his lower leg amputated and been told he died three times on the operating table after the collision off Rockingham Road on Sunday, May 10 at around 3.30pm at Welland Valley Feeds / The Furniture Barn. He says he owes his life to the emergency services, particularly a Market Harborough paramedic team and the county’s Air Ambulance. “They were absolutely fantastic, and I can’t thank them enough” he said. “They definitely saved my life.”

And Mr Hall, a married man with two daughters and twin stepsons, also praised his family. “My wife Sharon has been an absolute rock, and the family has been magnificent” he said.

Mr Hall, who used to live in Fleckney and also went to school in Kibworth and Robert Smyth school, Market Harborough, had been visiting the town on a shopping expedition from his present home in Aylestone, Leicester with his wife Sharon and mother Dorothy Burt.

He was in collision with a maroon Volvo as he walked by the store. The car pinned him to the side of the building.

“I didn’t lose consciousness; I can remember virtually everything” said Mr Hall.

“I was stuck against the wall with the car on me, and people running to help.

“I was shouting with the pain, and people told me to calm down, and then I started to hear the emergency services’ sirens.

“There was a lady comforting me, and then they moved the car off me.

“The last thing I remember is seeing a load of blood spurt up in the air and hearing a paramedic injecting me and saying ‘this is the good stuff’.”

Mr Hall was airlifted to University hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire at about 4pm with severe leg injuries.

He has been told he died three times during the first operation on his injuries. He has had his right leg amputated just below the knee.

“It’s a bit of a life-changer” said Mr Hall. “I had some dark times when I didn’t seem to be getting better, but at the moment I’m feeling well, and you have to be positive. Dying three times puts everything into perspective too.”

Mr Hall,who is sales manager for Jane Stapleton School Photography, based in Derbyshire, hopes to get out of hospital this week, and start light work from home in the next few weeks.

A keen Leicester City fan, he missed the last home game of the season, but received a signed shirt from City manager Nigel Pearson and a signed photograph from the club’s Player of the Year Esteban Cambiasso.

“That was great, and I’m grateful to them” said Mr Hall. “I’m a big City fan and made sure I listened to the last game on the radio. But after what I’ve been through, I know that the proper legends work here.”