Dean is making the most of his gift of life

Dr David Cookson with crash victim Dean Kelsey
Dr David Cookson with crash victim Dean Kelsey

When Dean Kelsey and his fiancée Kirstie Dallimore get married, they hope there will be a special guest at their wedding - the doctor who saved Dean’s life.

The 31-year-old was left fighting for his life after he suffered serious injuries in a road traffic collision last December, just yards from his home in Spital by Street, Market Rasen.

Fortunately, one of the first people on the scene was David Cookson, a Lincoln based doctor who volunteers with LIVES.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr Cookson, and a team of other workers from the emergency services , Dean was air-lifted to Hull Royal Infirmary.

After nine days in a coma, he woke up on Christmas Eve.

Dean was then transferred to Lincoln County Hospital before being released on January 6.

Now, he’s made a full recovery and is back at work as a CNC machinist at Siemens UK in Lincoln.

However, he’s never forgotten the life-saving work of Dr Cookson.

In an emotional meeting, the pair were re-united at LIVES’ Horncastle headquarters last Thursday - the first time they had met since the car smash.

Dean, who handed over a cheque to LIVES from his Union UNITE, said: “I wanted to thank Dr Cookson for saving my life. He - and everyone who helped - was absolutely brilliant.

“Without them. I wouldn’t be here today. We owe them everything.

“Thanks is a mundane word. It doesn’t do justice to what Dr Cookson did. He’s a real hero.”

Dean admits he can’t recall anything about the incident - and very little about the preceding two years of his life.

When he came out of his coma, Kirstie - and other family members - had the unenviable task of telling him all over again his mum had died earlier in the year.

Dean added: “It had been a really difficult year and I was struggling to cope.

“The only thing I can recall from the last two years is jumping out of a plane to raise money for charity because my mum was suffering from cancer.”

Dr Cookson (30) admitted he was delighted to meet Dean and Kirstie.

He added: “Dean had suffered multiple trauma injuries. He needed critical care.

“I just did my job. I was part of a team. I couldn’t have done it without their support.”

Dean praised LIVES and said he was in awe of them after medics from the organisation helped treat his dad following a motorbike accident several years ago.

He added: “They do a great job and could do even more with more support. I’ll do anything I can to help. I want to make the most of my life and not waste the chance they have given me.”

LIVES spokesman Steve Hyde said the meeting had helped highlight the important work done by the organisation and revealed Dean’s nephew had signed up for training as a volunteer after being inspired by Doctor Cookson.

at the meeting.