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Published: 14:02, 16 July 2019
| Updated: 14:45, 16 July 2019
A cyclist who mysteriously collapsed and fell off his bike as he was riding on an A road has thanked the ambulance team and two passer-by hospital staff who came to his aid.
A228 at Five Oak Gree
Alan Farrell was first helped by off-duty radiographer Sophie Adsett and nurse Michelle Usherwood from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals who were also on the A228 at Five Oak Green, before paramedic James Lisle came across the incident while en route to another call.
The 54-year-old, who works for University College London in Information Services, had intended to join a local 10-mile race but arrived late and decided to go for a training ride instead.
He recalls nothing of the incident but investigations concluded he wasn’t struck by a vehicle.
Alan was taken to Tunbridge Wells Hospital and is now recovering from injuries including a fractured pelvis and a re-broken collarbone following a previous fall from his bike.
He is also undergoing further tests to find out the cause of the collapse and recently attended Paddock Wood Make Ready Centre with wife Pauline to thank those who helped him.
James said: “Sophie and Michelle, who had arrived at the scene from opposite directions, were doing a great job in helping keep Alan as comfortable and as safe as possible.
"They were of great help and I’d like to personally thank them for everything they did to assist along with other members of the public who called 999 for Alan.
“It was really nice to meet Alan and Pauline and on behalf of the team I’d like to wish him all the best with his recovery.”
"My case highlights the commitment of the emergency services - both medical and police staff..." Alan Farrell
Alan added: “It was great for me and Pauline to meet and thank everyone in person who helped me on the evening of my accident.
"To get a first-hand account of what happened on the evening was also very helpful for me as I don’t remember many of the details about the accident or my treatment.
“I also want to thank everyone involved and say how much I appreciate their professional medical help and kindness in dealing with my injuries.
"My case highlights the commitment of the emergency services - both medical and police staff - to their profession and the public while on and off-duty."