Starring role for air medics

HORROR DEATH .. Grant Adams and, inset, the Great North Air Ambulance.

HORROR DEATH .. Grant Adams and, inset, the Great North Air Ambulance.

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THE battle to save a Sunderland-born teen who died after falling into a sunbed will feature in a new television documentary.

Sky television will broadcast the six-part series Air Ambulance ER which highlights the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The first episode, broadcast on Sky One HD on Tuesday, January 6, at 9pm, will show how medics tried to save the life of Grant Adams last June.

The 17–year–old, who grew up in Pennywell, fell into the upstanding sunbed at his home in South Frederick Street, in Laygate, South Shields, and one of its glass tubes pierced his jugular.

He was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the GNAAS, but medics were unable to save him and he died weeks before girlfriend Sharna Gardner gave birth to their daughter Rhkiya Mae in August.

Jim Entwistle, GNAAS spokesman, said: “The series offers an unflinching look at the work of our medics as they battle to save lives across the region. As a charity, it can only be of benefit to us as it showcases the nature of the work we do and the level of expertise we have on board our helicopters.”