Thank you for sav­ing my life

Gary Out­ter­side lost a leg - and nearly his life - when a car ran into him in the city cen­tre

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Fa­ther of two Gary Out­ter­side (45) was crit­i­cally in­jured when a car ran into him as he walked down Park Road in Peter­bor­ough in Jan­uary.

His left leg was sev­ered in the crash, while he suf­fered nu­mer­ous in­juries to his right leg, and had his pelvis smashed.

Gary is still re­cov­er­ing but on Satur­day he at­tended a charity race night at The Coop­ers Pub in Bret­ton to raise money for Mag­pas - the medics who car­ried out life­sav­ing treat­ment by the road. The event raised £2,200 - more than four times the tar­get.

Gary, who was liv­ing at Thorpe Road at the time of the as­c­ci­dent, said he still clearly re­mem­bered the in­ci­dent He said: “I was walk­ing past West­gate House when I saw a car hit the wall. He re­versed out and then went for­ward again which is when he hit me.

“One of my legs was pinned against the wall, and the other was sev­ered. I tried to get up, but I saw my foot was 20 me­tres away.”

As a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, Gary lost a lot of blood - and doc­tors said his life was saved by two men - Dean Tay­lor and Marcin Go­ral­ski - who dashed to the scene and used belts as tourni­quets.

Gary said: “I don’t re­mem­ber the two guys, but I would not be here if it was not for them. We in­vited them to the event on Satur­day but I don’t think they could make it. I would like to meet them to say thanks and buy them a pint.

“I had a blood trans­fu­sion by the side of the road be­fore be­ing taken to Ad­den­brooke’s Hos­pi­tal. I was there for a month, and then in Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal for two weeks.”

Gary is now in a wheel­chair, but is learn­ing to walk again.

The event on Satur­day was es­pe­cially im­por­tant for Gary, who also needed Mag­pas three years ago when he suf­fered se­vere head in­juries in an in­ci­dent on Christ­mas Day,

As a re­sult of the Christ­mas in­ci­dent he was un­able to take up a job as a site man­ager on a build­ing site, as the in­juries left him par­tially sighted- and he was ac­tu­ally walk­ing to the Job Cen­tre when the Park Road in­ci­dent hap­pened.

He said: “The staff at Mag­pas are bril­liant - they are worth ev­ery penny they get.

“With­out them, I would not be here to­day.”

Gary’s mum, San­dra Hoy­land and step­dad Pe­ter Hoy­land were at the charity event and San­dra said:” It was a re­ally great night - lots of peo­ple came along, and to raise so much money for the charity is fan­tas­tic. We are so grate­ful for what they did for Gary.”

Gary with mum San­dra and step­dad Pe­ter at the Coop­ers pub.

The crash scene

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