Nelson man rescued from death’s door repays favour to trust
Brad Limmer was on death’s door when Life Flight crewmen airlifted him to Wellington Hospital early one morning.
Limmer, who was 19 at the time, had always wanted a ride on a helicopter – but not like that.
A combination of glandular fever, bilateral pneumonia and encephalitis shut down his body and he was rushed from Nelson to Wellington in October 2015, and put on life support. ‘‘I had three viruses at the same time.’’ Limmer remembers getting to Nelson Hospital in the early hours of the morning, and thinks he saw a sunset before collapsing.
The Life Flight chopper was brought in to ‘‘get me to Wellington as fast as possible’’, Limmer said on Sunday.
He couldn’t walk, talk or move in the hospital and it took him three months to get walking again and about a month to talk properly.
Last year he met the pilots who helped save his life.
‘‘If things had got worse, that may have been my last moment, so I really appreciate what they did for me.’’
He wishes he could remember more about the flight that saved his life. But now, working and living a normal life back in Nelson, he repays the life-saving trip by volunteering his services to the Life Flight Trust.
Sunday was just such an occasion, when about 5000 people flocked to Wellington Airport for the annual Life Flight Open Day to raise funds for the trust and awareness of its vital work.
Limmer’s mother, Jenny, also feels she can’t do enough to sing their praises.
She still clearly remembers when Brad came to her room looking desperately ill at 3am. ‘‘He looked at me and there was no-one home.’’
Within hours her son was on life support in Wellington, and it was all down to the speedy work of Life Flight and the crew, she said. ‘‘I can’t say enough nice things about them. I always say. ‘give to them, give to them’, because you never know what may happen.’’