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Tree surgeon Trevor McBean of Staplehurst recovers from 40ft fall... and plans skydive for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

26 April 2014
by Claire McWethy

A tree surgeon who fractured his skull in a 40ft fall was reunited with the air ambulance doctor who helped to saved his life, as he prepares to do a skydive for the charity.

Father-of-two Trevor McBean, from Staplehurst, was monitoring power lines on the A21 at Lamberhurst when the elevated platform of the cherry picker he was working on tipped over.

The 38-year-old subcontractor was sent crashing through a clump of trees which luckily broke his fall - but he still suffered a fractured skull and broken wrist.

Trevor McBean in hospital after his near-fatal fall

Trevor McBean in hospital after his near-fatal fall

Trevor was taken to a specialist London hospital following the August accident.

He has since made a good recovery and is planning a tandem skydive to raise funds for the charity helicopter on Friday, May 30 – his 39th birthday.

He said: “We set up the cherry picker on even ground and had all the stabilisers down but one of them was at an angle to the others.

"When I swung round to work, it unbalanced all the legs and I slipped off. I was working with three other guys and two of them were on the ground.”

Trevor McBean and family thank air ambulance crews who helped save his life

Trevor McBean and family thank air ambulance crews who helped save his life

South East Coast Ambulance Service were first on scene to treat Mr McBean before the air ambulance arrived.

Doctor Steph Tilston, helped sedate Trevor before taking him to King’s College Hospital in London, where scans showed he had potentially fatal bleeding on the brain.

He remained in hospital for three weeks before he was allowed to return home, where he lives with his fiancé and two children.

The family recently visited the nearby helicopter base at Marden to meet Dr Tilston for the first time since his accident.

To sponsor Trevor visit www.justgiving.com/Trevor-McBean

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