Student saved by paramedics after horrific car crash changes career path

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A student caught in the middle of a life-threatening car crash changed her career path to become a paramedic after her life was saved on the roadside.

Molly Tarawally was driving on the North Circular road in north London when her car was crushed between two lorries.

She was cut out of the car and suffered multiple injuries including broken bones, pelvic and facial injuries.

One emergency responder said it was the
One emergency responder said it was the ‘worst’ crash she had ever seen (London Fire Brigade/PA)

One of the emergency responders who helped treat Ms Tarawally at the roadside said it was the “worst” car crash she had ever seen.

Ms Tarawally said she was inspired by the London Ambulance Service crews who saved her life.

Ms Tarawally said she remembers being cut out of the car by fire fighters (London Fire Brigade/PA)
Ms Tarawally said she remembers being cut out of the car by firefighters (London Fire Brigade/PA)

Ms Tarawally, who was 19 at the time of the crash and preparing to start a degree course studying geography, said: “The last thing I remember is seeing the lorry behind me and thinking it’s not going to be able to stop.

“It pushed me under the lorry in front. The next thing I remember is the fire brigade cutting me out of the car.”

The 22-year-old, from Enfield, north London, was treated at the scene for more than an hour before being transferred to the Royal London Hospital by London’s Air Ambulance.

Ms Tarawally decided to change her career path during recovery (London Fire Brigade/PA)
Ms Tarawally decided to change her career path during recovery (London Fire Brigade/PA)

“It gave me a lot of thinking time and it was while I was in hospital I decided I wanted to work for the NHS and change my degree to something vocational,” she added.

“I wanted to be a paramedic but it was hard to imagine actually doing the job.”

Ms Tarawally is now studying for a Paramedic Science degree at Anglia Ruskin University – including a work placement with London Ambulance Service.

When she qualifies next year she can apply for a paramedic role with the ambulance service which saved her life.

She added: “Training to be a paramedic is hard work but it is so rewarding.

“On one of my shifts I saw a paramedic who looked familiar. It turns out he was one of the paramedics who treated me after my accident. He helped to save my life. Now I am saving lives.”

Emergency Ambulance Crew member Rebecca Kenny, who was one of the first on scene to treat Ms Tarawally, said: “It’s the worst car crash I’ve ever seen and I remember being amazed that Molly was conscious and talking. I was holding her hand, trying to reassure her and she was remarkably calm.

“I think she’s incredibly inspiring – to come through something like that and channel it into something positive. She obviously copes amazingly well under pressure and I’m sure will have a fantastic future as a paramedic.”

London Ambulance Service, which has 70 ambulance stations across Greater London, has three university partners which offer degrees in Paramedic Science – Anglia Ruskin University, University of Hertfordshire, and University of Greenwich.

The service, which employs more than 5,000 people, is currently recruiting more ambulance crew, control room staff and back-office staff including fleet support, finance, information technology, human resources and administration.

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