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Appeal to trace owner of two horses killed on the A19

Police are trying to trace the owner of two horses which were killed on the A19 southbound near Wolviston on Sunday night.

Near to midnight on Sunday a member of the public rang police reporting the animals on the Wolviston/A19 roundabout, but before officers arrived, the animals had wandered onto the southbound carriageway where they were hit by an HGV.

It is possible that both were pregnant at the time as the bodies of two foals were also discovered at the scene.

One of the adult horses was brown and white, the other dark grey with a white underbelly.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Cleveland Police

Calls for greater safety barriers on the A19 after woman dies

A campaign to improve road safety on the A19 in North Yorkshire has moved a step forward after thousands of people signed a petition backing a family's calls for change.

The family of 83-year-old Sonia Rose are calling for gaps in the road barriers to be closed after she was killed when a van careered across the carriageway into oncoming traffic and hit her car head on.


What is emergency open-heart surgery?

The Great North Air Ambulance (library photo) Credit: The Great North Air Ambulance

A woman in her 50's has died following a crash involving a car and a coach on the A19 near Seaham in County Durham.

She passed away in hospital despite desperate attempts by Great North Air Ambulance medics, who carried out open-heart surgery at the side of the road, to save her life.

What is the procedure and how rare is it?

  • The medical name for the procedure is an emergency thoracotomy.
  • In the most basic of terms it involves opening the chest to expose the lungs and the heart to prevent the heart from 'bleeding out' in effect.
  • When the heart does this the blood builds up around the organ - pressurising it and stopping it from beating.
  • The procedure is time-critical and performed in a matter of minutes.
  • When a non-emergency thoracotomy is performed - it takes 90 minutes in a sterile operating theatre with at least five medical staff present including a surgeon and scrub nurses.

Who has performed it?

  • This procedure was first pioneered by a London Air Ambulance team who used it in an effort to save the lives of stabbing and shooting victims.
  • Their use of it at a roadside was a world first.
  • The Great North Air Ambulance has only relatively recently been able to perform this procedure in the most severe of cases.
  • It requires consultant level medical expertise and a doctor of a senior level who must be present at the scene.
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