Jack's story

A nine-year-old boy from Boreham has met the Air Ambulance crew that saved his life.

Jack Setterington (age 9) of Boreham, along with his parents Amy and Malcolm met Pre-hospital Care Doctor, Naomi Pritchard and HEMS Pilot, Nick Clarkson at the Herts Air Ambulance Air Base at North Weald on Monday 3rd August.

Jack was involved in a serious road accident earlier this year on Plantation Road in Boreham, after being hit by a car as he crossed the road with his parents.   The Herts Air Ambulance Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) team were at Jack’s side within 15 minutes of take-off. Working alongside East of England Ambulance Service plus Critical Care Paramedic Laurie Phillipson responding on behalf of BASICS Essex Accident Rescue Service; Dr Naomi Pritchard and Critical Care Paramedic Adam Carr were immediately able to begin critical care treatment that was to save Jack’s life.

Naomi Pritchard, Pre-hospital Care Doctor at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said: “When we got to Jack - he was the sickest child I had ever dealt with so I am so thrilled he has come back to visit us.”
“The ability to bring a hospital’s critical care unit to the scene is what makes the Air Ambulance service so special and meant we were able to start Jack’s treatment at the roadside. We undertook emergency ventilation to hold off any brain swelling and we put in place all the measures we could to prevent any further brain damage including administering an anaesthetic. Once we had treated and stabilised Jack at the roadside we were able to speedily get him to the paediatric intensive care unit at Addenbrookes Hospital.”

Jack was given only a 5% chance of survival and against all odds he is making remarkable progress, already returning to school before they broke up for the Summer holidays and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Naomi, who was working her last shift with Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust on Monday, after a 12 month secondment to the Charity, adds: “It was so very special to meet him - Jack is definitely one of the cases this year our service should be most proud of.”

Jack’s Mum and Dad, Amy Berry and Malcolm Setterington, said: "We don’t know how to start to try putting into words how truly grateful we are for the care Naomi, Adam and Laurie gave to our son and the quick response of the Air Ambulance. From the bottom of our hearts we are truly grateful.”