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Roscommon youngster was saved by 'flying Doctor John'

Dr Janet Acheson, partner of Dr John Hinds with seven-year-old Shaun McCann at Stormont where a renewed appeal was made for an emergency medical helicopter service. Dr John the motorcycle race doctor who lost his life at the Skerries 100 in July, had been involved in saving Shaun's life by helicopter after he had a fall at his Roscommon home in 2013. Picture by Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

THE life-saving work of Dr John Hinds was brought into focus yesterday at Stormont thanks to the presence of seven-year-old Shaun McCann.

Shaun, from Co Roscommon, made the journey to Belfast with his mother Jessica just over two years after he suffered a life threatening head injury following a fall at his home in July 2013.

The Irish Air Ambulance, Medevac 112, attended the call and by chance, on board that day was Dr John Hinds.

Having just transported a critically injured rider from the Walderstown road races to the trauma unit in Dublin, Dr Hinds volunteered to attend Shaun's home with the air ambulance paramedic.

Recognising the severity of Shaun's head injury, Dr Hinds provided Shaun with a general anaesthetic and placed him in an induced coma.

He provided mobile intensive care level support whilst Shaun was being flown to a hospital with the specialities necessary to deal with his injuries.

His mother Jessica McCann said son Shaun owed his life to the medic.

She said: "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if John wasn't on board and did what he did at the house, in the ambulance and in the helicopter, there is absolutely no way that Shaun would be the Shaun that we know today."

Mrs McCann said her family had been devastated by Dr Hinds' death.

She added: "Our lives stopped for three days. My husband was in absolute bits over it. He had to come home from work.

"We have a picture of John at home that we put a candle in front of and all the children prayed for three days solid for him. We talk about him all the time."

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