Nel­son man res­cued from death’s door re­pays favour to trust

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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.’’

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