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Max can walk thanks to air ambulance crew

Max Chant was saved by paramedics from Wiltshire Air Ambulance Credit: Family

A boy who nearly lost the use of his legs in a car crash has visited the air ambulance team that saved his life.

Max Chant, who is now 12, was involved in a crash near his home in Chippenham last year. He suffered spinal injuries.

Max presented the charity with a cheque for £12,000 as a thank you Credit: ITV News

He gave paramedics at Wiltshire Air Ambulance a cheque for £12,000 after completing a 25 mile walk in aid of the charity.

Max says he still remembers the crash.

I remember being brought out the car and laid onto the grass next to the car and then the ambulances arriving and the air ambulance took me up to children's hospital.

– Max Chant

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance's battle to survive

Wiltshire's Air Ambulance service is warning lives could be lost if it is unable to raise £2.5 million needed to keep it in the air.

The helicopter is currently shared with the county's police but next year the constabulary will end that agreement - taking with it 2/3 of vital funding.

In a special report, our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy asks if the air ambulance can survive.

Wiltshire's flying ambulance 'at risk'

Paramedics are warning that lives could be lost if Wiltshire's Air Ambulance service cannot raise the money it needs to keep flying.

The county's helicopter is currently shared with the police force - but the constabulary is withdrawing to join another service at the end of next year.

This means the air ambulance needs to raise more than £2million for the service to continue.

Paramedic Ross Culligan has spoken to ITV News West Country:

Family's tribute to trampled pensioner

We are still concerned about the health of Mike's brother who was badly injured in the accident and air lifted to hospital.

We are in shock and devastated by the loss of our lovely Mike. We are in discussion with the coroner and would ask people to respect our need for privacy at this time. We would also like to thank our incredible friends and family for their warmth and support.”

– Statement from the family of Alistair Porter
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