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Thin Blood -

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As a new reporter for Catalyst, my first story was a baptism of fire. I spent four days with the
NSW Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, for a first hand insight into the world of trauma. With
only one guest allowed in the helicopter, I had to double as camera operator and reporter - and got
up close and personal with some distressing scenes.

It's an uncomfortable feeling waiting for an accident to happen to someone. Driving out to the
helicopter base at Bankstown I thought, somewhat superstitiously, that the "someone" might be me -
and I would end up filming my own trip to hospital after a horror smash on the M5.

You never know when disaster will strike, but what saves us from death is even more unpredictable.

For Bronwen, it was an office chair on wheels.

Sitting at her desk job, Bronwen was hit by an out of control car, which ploughed through the
shopfront. Her life would have almost certainly ended under the car, had she not been seated on a
wheely chair. Instead, the impact propelled her backwards, and Bronwen ended up high on a cabinet
with a broken femur and ankle - but still very much alive.

At the next accident, a car had smashed into a power pole and was entangled in live wires. Around
30 paramedics, doctors, firemen and other rescue workers couldn't reach the driver until an
electrical technician turned up an hour later and cut the power. The occupant finally escaped
unharmed.

In the days I spent filming this story, each accident affected me, but by far the biggest
impression was left by the extraordinary people who attend to those in trauma. Dedicated,
passionate and selfless they continually put their own lives on the line to help others. I felt
humbled and privileged to spend the days in their company. It was an eye-opening start to an
exciting new year.