Sarah Wise is lucky to be alive.
When the sports car she was a passenger in ploughed into some parked cars the mum of one, now 24, from Cross Gates suffered multiple injuries including a head injury.
She remembered nothing of the accident five years ago or her rescue which was all captured on film for TV’s Helicopter Heroes.
She said: “I remember getting into the car. It was only our second date and we were going shopping to York. We very nearly didn’t go in his TVR sports car. We nearly went in my car. If we had it wouldn’t have happened.
“I don’t know exactly what happened, but we were just approaching the A64 outside Tadcaster and the driver lost control and crashed. My side of the car took most of the impact.
“Watching the footage back shows how fantastic the Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew were – they knew almost immediately that they were dealing with a broken pelvis...and wanted to get me to hospital as quickly as possible. They asked me to rate the pain on a scale of one to 10: all you can hear is me screaming 10 and, at one point, 12.”
She suffered a broken pelvis, skull, jaw, cheekbone, fingers, ribs, a ruptured spleen and punctured lung. She was in intensive care at Leeds General Infirmary for more than a month, followed by bed-bound care at home and three months in a wheelchair. Andrew Greenwood, from Emsleys solicitors in Leeds, handled her accident claim and a six-figure settlement was awarded this year. Sarah said: “For the first time since the accident I can start to see a real future again. I wasn’t sure, with all the injuries and operations, that I would be able to successfully carry a baby, but I now have my one-year-old son Billy to take care of – my little miracle.”