Isle of Wight resident reunited with Red Funnel Captain who saved her life

17-06-2016  An Isle of Wight resident, who needed emergency medical attention in Southampton after suffering a brain haemorrhage, was reunited on Wednesday with the captain who saved her life. 

Red Funnel Captain John Clark transported Jill Green from East Cowes to Southampton in record time, after an aneurysm in her brain ruptured earlier that week at her home in Niton, Isle of Wight.

After suffering excruciating pain in her skull and spine, Jill was referred as high priority from St Mary's Hospital in Newport, Isle of Wight, to the Wessex Neuro Unit at Southampton General Hospital. Her case was so vital that she was collected from her home by a specialist Southampton medical team and taken straight to the ferry port, where Red Osprey and crew had cleared traffic waiting to board.

The ship sailed at full speed and arrived early in Southampton so Jill could receive the life-saving medical attention she required.

Having fully recovered after her operation, Jill was keen to track down the man who saved her life. On Wednesday 15 June, she was given the chance to look around the bridge of the ferry and thank John in person.

John Clark, who has worked for Red Funnel since 1987, said: "It was a pleasure to meet Jill and see that she's made a full recovery. We make emergency journeys across the Solent on a regular basis but we never usually hear the outcome.

We were given full warning of the ambulance's arrival, and the crew completely prepared the deck as part of our emergency procedure, so we were able to set off immediately."

Jill Green commented on her meeting with the Captain: "I could hardly believe that John made the crossing in such quick time, and I'm very happy to be able to say thank you to him in person.

As a retired teacher, gratitude means a lot to me, and I really wanted to pass that on from both myself and my family to John, who helped massively in saving my life."


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