Flight sends Kieran's spirits soaring

A SIX-year-old boy seriously injured in a horrific road crash was on cloud nine last night after being taken on the helicopter ride of his dreams.Kieran Seymour was unconscious when he was airlifted to hospital following the accident, in London Road, Ipswich last August.

A SIX-year-old boy seriously injured in a horrific road crash was on cloud nine last night after being taken on the helicopter ride of his dreams.

Kieran Seymour was unconscious when he was airlifted to hospital following the accident, in London Road, Ipswich last August.

But yesterday he was able to savour every moment of his helicopter ride, after taking to the skies with his parents, Shaun and Sam, in the East Anglian Air Ambulance in Norwich.

Mr Seymour, of Ipswich, said: “It was absolutely superb - a dream come true. Kieran absolutely loved it. He was so excited and he hasn't stopped talking about it.


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“The pilot was so good with him. We went right over Norwich and it was absolutely fantastic. I don't like going in aeroplanes but being in a helicopter was fantastic.

“We had our doubts about whether Kieran would do it but he loved it. They made such a fuss of him. We were treated like royalty.”

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The 20-minute ride was organised by the East Anglian Air Ambulance's helicopter operators, Sterling Aviation.

Simon Gray, executive director of the air ambulance, said everyone with the organisation had been touched by the suffering the Seymour family have gone through since the accident.

Mr Seymour said: “There are just so many caring people out there and the Seymour family just want to say a very big 'thank you' to everyone who made this possible. We can't believe it.

“I don't know who was more excited about the helicopter ride, Kieran or me.”

Kieran, who walks with a crutch and has had a special shoe constructed, suffered serious head injuries and breaks to his legs in the accident. Ethan, his two-year-old brother, was less seriously hurt.

Their grandmother Christine, 58, died from injuries suffered in the accident, while their grandfather Brian, 66, lost both of his legs. In the months since the accident he has made good progress and has now returned home, despite suffering a mini-stroke before Christmas.

The family were crossing the road when they were involved in a collision with a motorbike.

n Chris Bainbridge, 35, of Lincoln Close, Ipswich, has denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to the crash.

His trial will be heard on April 24 at Ipswich Crown Court.

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