Michaela Hannay’s story

Michaela Hannay is only too aware of the importance of life-saving time following serious injury. She was airlifted to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre from Newark, having sustained multiple injuries during a car accident in February 2014.

Michaela had been sitting in the front passenger seat and took the worst of the impact. Her injuries were life-threatening, and she developed an infection as a result of her internal injuries.

Michaela spent a month in intensive care, followed by time in the High Dependency Unit and then the Major Trauma Unit at ward C30 before finally being discharged. ‘I can’t remember anything from when I was in intensive care,’ Says Michaela. ‘After that month, when I woke up, everything had changed. It was like, yesterday I was walking and today I can’t.’

I had broken bones and internal injuries and they told my family I might not survive. You don’t think about the importance of time until something like this happens to you and every minute is precious. If the helicopter hadn’t been available I don’t think I’d have made it to hospital alive.’

Michaela is now recovering at home in Tattershall, Lincolnshire.