In December 2013, NSW Ambulance paramedics were called to Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach to treat Michael McEwen, who had suffered a serious head injury following an alleged assault. Michael was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital where he underwent brain surgery and was placed in an induced coma for eight days. He spent several weeks in rehabilitation and still faces further brain surgery.
Michael and his family largely credit paramedics with saving his life. In gratitude, Michael's mother, Nicole Broad and grandfather, Ken Broad have joined NSW Ambulance in establishing a fund to raise money for life-saving equipment that will benefit other patients.
Nicole and Ken, who have started the fund with a donation of $5000, have two aims:
1. To raise awareness of the work paramedics do, which is quite often under stressful and dangerous conditions. Paramedics regularly place themselves in danger in order to assist people.
2. To raise funds in conjunction with NSW Ambulance to purchase equipment which will assist paramedics in their work.
NSW Ambulance is grateful to Nicole and Ken for their kind donation and to all the support we receive from the community.
If you would like to make a donation, click here.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Receipts will be issued to the email address you nominate on the payment form.
Photo: Assault victim Michael McEwen reunites with the NSW Ambulance paramedics who helped save his life. (L-R:) A/Inspector Sam Kohu, ICP Paramedic Meagan Coolahan, Paramedic John Georgiadis and Paramedic Jeremy Beck. Photo courtesy 60 Minutes.