Boy saves up to thank heroes

23:23, Jul 29 2014
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LIFE SAVER: Max Taylor, 10, and Stephen Burgess, the St John paramedic who helped save his life after an accident, look at the scar left from the incident.

Max Taylor has saved his money to help the people who saved his life.

Two years ago, when the 10-year-old was 8, Max was playing with friends. His two friends ran through an old wooden door with glass panels, shutting it before Max could run through.

He put his arm out to stop the door from shutting, breaking the glass which cut his arm through the main nerve and straight through the artery.

The ambulance was called and rushed Max to hospital for a six hour operation.

His mum, Gill, said it was a life and death situation for the young boy because he "virtually lost most of the blood in his body".

"They were cool calm and collected - 111 stayed on the line the whole time until the ambulance got there. We're so grateful to St John."


During the operation, things weren't looking good as the surgeons tried to preserve his arm.

The surgeons tried to harvest a vein out of Max's leg to place in his arm. Unfortunately his body was rejecting the vein until a call to surgeons in Christchurch came up with a last resort drug which meant the procedure worked.

He has regained some movement in his hand after a long rehabilitation and an amazing medical journey, Gill said.

Max showed his thanks by making a card to deliver to the ambulance staff who saved his live, which included paramedics Stephen Burgess and Evan Davey.

On his own accord Max also saved up his pocket money and any money he was given from odd jobs to give to the charity. He saw the St John branch in Timaru were fundraising for a new yellow ambulance, which he wanted his $50 to go towards.

Through community donations and a legacy trust, St John Timaru raised the amount needed for the new yellow ambulance.

It will join the fleet in January.


St John has been named New Zealand's most trusted charity.

It has been voted the Most Trusted Charity in the Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brands Awards.

In a double endorsement, paramedics also came second in the Most Trusted Professions category of the annual awards, judged by New Zealanders.

St John chief executive Peter Bradley said it was humbling to receive such strong recognition of the vital emergency and community work St John workers perform from the very public it serves.

"Not only do Kiwis place a high value on how we care for them in the community but they trust St John to use public contributions wisely to help treat and benefit them - a trust we never take for granted."

St John provides emergency ambulance services to 90 per cent of the country and is the largest primary healthcare provider in New Zealand.

It helps build resilient communities and supports people living independently for longer with services like Caring Caller, Health Shuttles, monitored medical alarms, first aid training and a youth programme.

"Our ambulance officers treat and transport more than 415,000 patients a year and are in the unique position of going into people's homes and places of work to help them at times of great need, so to have earned the public's trust and confidence in how we operate is fantastic," Mr Bradley said.

The Timaru Herald