A SOLIHULL worker who ‘owes her life’ to the air ambulance service is at the heart of a drive to raise extra cash for the charity.
Jenny Matthews, assistant manager at women’s clothing store Viyella, was rescued by the air ambulance service in Cornwall in 2009 after she suffered a serious brain haemorrhage.
The 63-year-old suddenly collapsed while holidaying in Cornwall, celebrating her Ruby wedding anniversary. Medics discovered Jenny was suffering from a life threatening bleed to the brain.
She told us: “I was on a bike ride at the time, along the camel trail. All of a sudden, I just collapsed. I had to be airlifted to hospital because it would not have been possible for a normal ambulance to reach me. I don’t remember much after I collapsed but I can remember being lifted into the helicopter and how well I was treated by the air ambulance staff.
“I know I have been extremely lucky and I was in the right place at the right time. A lot of people die from this condition or are left with serious medical problems. If it wasn’t for the vital work of the air ambulance service, this could have been a different story.
“I have been having to go for regular check ups and scans at the hospital for the past two years but I have recently been discharged.”
*Viyella, in Solihull High Street, is hosting a series of events to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance, including a charity fashion show on Thursday, February 16. Doors open at 5.30pm and tickets cost £10.