SURIVIVORS of an horrific car crash last summer have paid an emotional tribute to the paramedics who saved their lives.
Claudio Oliviera and Imogen Wood both endured life-threatening injuries and spent several weeks in a coma following the collision between the car they were travelling in and another car and a lorry on the A4440, Parsonage Way in Warndon Villages last August.
Imogen and Claudio had been on a day out with friends and were on the way back when they were involved in the collision.
The couple met while working for the NHS and while Imogen has now returned to work, Claudio is still recuperating following his injuries.
West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics Roisin Morgan and Robert Armstrong were first on scene at the incident and were on hand to meet the pair at the Worcester hub.
Claudio said: “These people saved my life, it was so amazing to meet them.
“My memory of the whole thing was a blur so being able to see them and ask questions and tell them about how I’m recovering now was such a great feeling.”
Imogen added: “When the crew arrived, I was completely unconscious, so I have no memory of the incident happening, meaning I had no idea just how serious the collision we were involved in really was.
“Meeting Roisin and Rob and seeing how emotional they both were, and how thrilled they were to see that I’m still alive and walking around was so amazing and really made me aware of how serious the accident was and how lucky I am to be here.”
Both Roisin and Robert were humbled to meet the duo and Roisin said: “We usually don’t get to see the outcomes of jobs, so we often don’t get closure.
“But especially a job like this where Imogen and Claudio were both so young and seriously injured, as a mother myself it stuck with me and I really hoped they were going to be ok, but thought I’d never find out.
Sarah, Imogen’s mother who also went along to meet and thank the ambulance staff, added:
“I’m so grateful to West Midlands Ambulance Service, the NHS and the people who make the NHS so amazing, there are not enough thank-yous in the world that I can say to them for saving my daughter’s life.”