A Norfolk man, who benefitted from the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s night flying operations, has paid an emotional visit to the charity that helped save his life.

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Edward Clitheroe, from Briston, suffered serious injuries last November after he stopped at the scene of an accident at Thursford and was struck by a passing car.

The 68-year-old, who had to have his left leg amputated after the crash, visited the air ambulance’s base in Cambridge to say thank you to the medics that came to his aid.

Dr Jenny Townsend and critical care paramedic Chris Neil were flown to the scene and airlifted him to the specialist trauma centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Mr Clitheroe had to have his left leg amputated below the knee and spent six weeks in the intensive care unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He was then transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital shortly after Christmas.

The air ambulance charity began night flying on May 24 last year and has carried out more than 100 night missions.

Mr Clitheroe said: “It is amazing that the Cambridge based helicopter is now equipped for night flying. It really did save my life. I feel very good, very emotional, because without it, not only me, but thousands of people would die. It’s a fantastic thing.”

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999.

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