Car-crash victim says yes at Ed Sheeran gig

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A woman who nearly died in a car crash has spoken of her shock and delight after her boyfriend proposed to her at an Ed Sheeran concert.

Stephanie Wilkinson required a roadside blood transfusion after being seriously injured in the accident on the A697 last September.

She said yes! Stephanie Wilkinson with Ben Smith.

She said yes! Stephanie Wilkinson with Ben Smith.

The 21-year-old, from Whittingham, spent two months in hospital and had much of her left side rebuilt with metal plates, bolts and nails.

And last Friday, her boyfriend, Ben Smith, 23, got down on one knee after Ed Sheeran sang One at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

Stephanie said if it was not for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) saving her life, ‘that moment wouldn’t have happened’.

She said: “I was so shocked and taken by such surprise and so happy and I said yes.

“It was such an amazing atmosphere, the moment was so perfect.

“Everyone came up to us saying congratulations and sending their best to us, it was an amazing feeling, I’m still feeling like I’m on cloud nine with it all.

“If it wasn’t for the GNAAS crew saving my life, that moment wouldn’t have happened, so I’m over the moon with it and so thankful to the GNAAS.”

The GNAAS has congratulated the happy couple.

Earlier this month, Stephanie featured on the last episode of Emergency Helicopter Medics – following the work of GNAAS – and it is being repeated on More4 today at 10.15pm.

Stephanie was travelling with Ben to the Metrocentre when their car collided with another vehicle.

She suffered significant injuries, including a broken pelvis, punctured lung, broken hand, crushed hip bone and a serious lower-leg injury.

GNAAS doctor Jo Paterson carried out a roadside blood transfusion, supported by her GNAAS paramedic Andy Dalton and North East Ambulance Service road crew.

Stephanie was then airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.

She wasn’t allowed to walk on her left leg for six months due to the bone not healing properly, but after several surgeries she is now able to use crutches to assist her when walking, and uses a wheelchair for longer distances.

Remembering the crash, she said: “I’d never broken a bone in my life, and then my whole left side was smashed. My boyfriend just had a scratch!”

Stephanie will be one of the hundreds of guests at the charity’s annual Air Angels Ball, which takes place on Saturday at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. To find out more, visit www.gnaas.com