A teenager from Market Harborough whose life was saved by an Air Ambulance crew after an horrific road accident last year is saying ‘thank you’ by raising money in a sponsored 10k obstacle course.
Kyran Braham (19) said: “I wouldn’t be here, but for the Air Ambulance.”
Kyran was in an induced coma on a life-support system after the accident on the A46 in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on September 10, last year, when his car ploughed into the back of a tractor and trailer.
He broke both wrists, his left elbow, his left shoulder, his left femur and his right ankle in the crash. Later, in hospital, his lungs collapsed.
His parents Stephen, himself a paramedic, and Susan, a childminder, were summoned twice to the intensive care unit in Nottingham in the middle of the night, when Kyran’s condition deteriorated.
Speaking for the first time about the accident, Kyran said: “I’m sure the Air Ambulance saved my life, because an ordinary ambulance getting from Newark to Nottingham would have taken too long.
“Each Air Ambulance mission costs £1,700, so they need as much money from fund raising as possible. I’ve set myself a target of £300, so I want to raise at least that.”
Kyran, who has two brothers Ross and Craig and a sister Chloe, now has metal from hip to knee in his left leg and metal screws in his ankle, and has recovered remarkably well in the eight months since the crash. “I’m swimming again, and I’ve just started running as well” said Kyran, who works at Wilko’s in the town, and also at Harborough Leisure Centre.
“I’ll be doing a 10k obstacle course, which includes running, obstacles and swimming at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham next month.”
Kyran, a former Farndon Fields, Welland Park and Robert Smyth pupil, was on his way to meet a friend in Lincoln at about 10.10am on September 10 when he drove into the back of the tractor.
“I can’t remember what happened” he admitted. “But The Air Ambulance team told me I was singing to them ‘I broke my arm and broke my leg’, and singing my mum’s phone number.”
His mother, Susan Braham, said the first she knew of the accident was when a police officer knocked on her door.
“We lived in Nottingham in a hotel for nearly three weeks so we could see him every day,” she said. “He was very ill, and every minute matters when you’re in a crash like that.”
To sponsor Kyran go to his justgiving page here: www.justgiving.com/Kyran-Braham/