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Student reunited with paramedic who saved his life

Student Kristian Berry has been reunited with paramedic Gary Wareham Credit: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

A Hawkinge student who survived a road accident was reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic who helped save his life as his college handed over a donation to the charity helicopter.

Former Brockhill Park Performing Arts College student Kristian Berry, 18, wept as he met Operational Support Manager Gary Wareham for the first time since his accident last summer.

He visited the helicopter base at Marden on Friday with fellow students and his mother Sally to present a cheque for £1,634 which was raised from a concert and non-uniform day.

Kristian suffered a head injury and fractured ribs after he collided with a car as he crossed the A260 at Densole

He was resuscitated by a passing GP before the air ambulance arrived and he was assessed at the road-side by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

The teenager was then flown to King’s College Hospital in London where he was put in an induced coma for two days.

He spent two weeks at the Major Trauma Centre before he was finally allowed home and has since made a full recovery.

“It was amazing to meet Gary because I owe my life to him and all the team who helped me. If it wasn’t for them I would have died and I’m just so thankful to them. Kristian is now studying commercial music at Canterbury Christchurch University and is planning a career in music therapy."

– Kristian Berry

“It was really good to see Kristian and hear that he is now going on to further education. The air ambulance helps keep families together and allows them to continue leading the rest of their lives.”

– Gary Wareham
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