During the evening of Wednesday 19 January Philip Turner suffered a major fracture to his ankle outside the Esso garage in Midsomer Norton, on his way to a meeting at Connaught Lodge. His injury proved to be so severe that he was flown directly to Southmead Hospital, by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The doctor on board operated during the flight and saved Philip’s foot from being amputated. He later spent six hours in theatre having the bones reassembled.
A Good Samaritan, a Mr Andrew Emmett, had seen Philip’s plight and immediately offered assistance. He stayed with him until he saw Philip safely away in the ambulance, even though the paramedics had arrived on scene. Fortunately for Philip, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has the capability of flying during the hours of darkness.
Philip spent three weeks in Southmead before being discharged, and is now making a steady recovery at home supervised by his local GP and cared for by his wife Mary.
Prior to the Connaught meeting on Wednesday 16 March, the Lodge met Andrew Emmett and his partner Beth Selway. Neil Arthur presented them both with gifts in appreciation of Andrew caring of Philip, and in recognition of the timely treatment by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Connaught Lodge made a £1,000 donation that Philip and Mary had the pleasure of personally presenting to local fundraiser Ken Hutton.