‘Miracle’ teenager reunited with ambulance team
A teenager who suffered life-threatening injuries and spent a month in an induced coma after being hit by a car has been hailed a miracle by the ambulance crews and hospital teams who saved his life.
16-year-old Taz Moyo suffered a serious head injury on 16 July this year and, after receiving life-saving treatment from South East Coast Ambulance Service clinicians and the air ambulance service, was airlifted in a critical condition to Southampton General Hospital.
There he received further expert treatment and, despite a poor prognosis, defied the odds and was discharged 94 days after his accident.
Taz, who is now back studying his A Levels at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Sompting, was recently reunited with some of the ambulance team who treated him at SECAmb’s Tangmere Make Ready Centre.
Taz met the SECAmb staff along with his mum Claire, sister Soraya, 14, and Uncle, Rich Hayward.
Taz has no memory of the accident but expressed his thanks to all those involved in caring for him. “I wanted to thank everyone for everything they did for me. I don’t have any memory of the incident. The last thing I remember was playing football nearby with my friends and then we decided to go to the shop. I’m doing really well and I’m so grateful for the treatment I received from the ambulance crews, air ambulance and at the hospital. My family and friends have also been amazing.”
Taz’s mum Claire was at home nearby when she was informed of the accident by Taz’s friends. She rushed to the scene with Soraya and following him to hospital. “He really is a miracle”, said Claire. “The consultants said he probably wouldn’t walk or talk again and the worst may happen. But I believed and hoped he would be ok. We’re all just so grateful for everything everyone did and we wanted to say thanks in person to everyone.”
One of the first to attend to Taz at the scene was off-duty Critical Care Paramedic Lewis Allam. Lewis, who came across the incident was quickly joined by at the scene by SECamb colleagues Tara Quinn, Mark Durham, Steve MacKenzie, Lisa Finch and Dan Bevis and shortly later the air ambulance team of Dr Sarah Honess, paramedic Adam Ormrod and pilots Jon Evered and Rob Foster.
Lewis said: “It’s so nice to see Taz looking so well and it’s been great to meet with him and his family. I was travelling past so I obviously stopped to help and I knew straight away that Taz had serious injuries and we were going to need the help of the air ambulance too. I rang into control and they were already on to it. We all worked really well as a team on the night and Taz is an excellent example of how all the parts of the system work together to provide the best for patients.”
Taz, a keen musician, and his family raised money at a recent event featuring local bands. The family has donated the money to the ambulance service and Southampton General Hosptial ICU.