A Whitfield man critically injured after falling from the roof of his home has spoken of his remarkable recovery just a month after the accident.
Electrical engineer Chris Killick, 47, was inspecting new skylights on his bungalow when he tumbled head first onto the concrete below.
He sustained a fractured skull, six broken ribs, a fractured left wrist, a badly-bruised back and was knocked unconscious.
His friend Gordon Ellinor was with him at the time and went to his aid before alerting Chris’s wife Sandra who dialled 999.
Chris said: “I had been working away for five weeks and came home for the May bank holiday weekend.
“The builders had been in fitting new skylights so I took it upon myself to get up on the roof and have a look at the work they had done.
“I was happy with it so I went to get back down but I can only assume that the steps weren’t quite level because they tilted and that was it, down I came.”
The fall happened at about 11.40am on May Day and land paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) were first on scene.
They called in the Kent Air Ambulance because Chris had a reduced level of consciousness and needed an emergency anaesthetic.
It took the helicopter just 15 minutes to get to Whitfield from its base at Marden, a journey that would have taken more than an hour by road.
Pilot Kevin Goddard landed in an agricultural field before Dr Tasha Newton and Critical Care Paramedic ran to the house in Archers Court Road.
Chris was then airlifted to the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital in London where he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain which left him with 29 stitches.
He said: “My next memory was waking up in hospital three days later and seeing my wife and two close friends.
“I’ve been an electrical engineer for close to 30 years and spent a lot of my working life up and down steps but never fallen off. It was just an accident.”
Chris spent 10 days in hospital before he was allowed home and is still off work and unable to drive due to the effects of his medication but is expected to make a full recovery.
He added: “I would like to express my thanks to everyone at Kent Air Ambulance for the care I received and for the excellent service provided.
“The care I received from everyone from the land paramedics to the trauma team at King’s was absolutely first class.”
Dr Tasha Newton said: “Mr Killick’s recovery is testament to the whole medical team involved in his care.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to Kent Air Ambulance Trust and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ