In 2017 we treated 1,797 critically injured patients across London.
560 penetrating trauma
533 road traffic collisions
412 falls from height
292 other incidents, including incidents on the rail network and industrial accidents
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Ronke’s January day had started so normally, just like any other ordinary weekday. She was on her way into work, as an IT training team manager. She was waiting for the lights to change at a pedestrian crossing when a car came careering out of control towards her. Ronke was standing behind some metal safety railings which took the initial impact. But they buckled under the force and struck her hard in the right leg.
A crowd gathered and someone dialled ‘999’.
“I didn’t pass out,” says Ronke. “I remember screaming. I had been on the phone to my husband when the accident happened, and it was only when I put my hand in my pocket for my phone that I saw the crumpled bones in my leg.”
The London Ambulance Service supported by London’s Air Ambulance arrived to find that Ronke’s leg had been partially amputated by the impact. She needed to get to a Major Trauma Centre fast. We gave her an anaesthetic so that we could move her safely and took her quickly to The Royal London Hospital.
Ronke returned to work in August.
At the hospital, the surgeons had to amputate Ronke’s leg above the knee. “Even though it came as a shock, I knew from the roadside that my leg had been badly damaged,” says Ronke. “My family were initially more tearful than I was. My attitude was ‘let’s look on the bright side… I am still alive.” With tremendous strength, faith and intensive physiotherapy, seven months later Ronke returned to work.