Miracle as arborist survives horrific accident when he is struck in the chest with a chainsaw

Daniel McLoughlin was working on a tree when he says the branch suddenly ‘bounced back’ and he was hit in the sternum

Daniel was hit with a chainsaw

An arborist who was hit in the chest with a chainsaw while chopping tree branches in a terrifying accident has spoken out after miraculously surviving.

Daniel McLoughlin was working on a tree when he says the branch suddenly “bounced back” and he was hit in the sternum.

The terrifying crash saw the 32-year-old need help from North West Air Ambulance who raced to save his life.

Daniel told the Manchester Evening News “I was working on a tree cutting a branch with the chainsaw, but in an awkward position. As I was cutting, the branch moved backward,” Daniel said.







Daniel now hopes to raise thousands of dollars for the North West Air Ambulance Charity
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“The chainsaw hit me in the sternum and missed everything vital.

“I really got lucky.

“If it hit my neck or anywhere else, I’d probably be dead.”

Daniel was treated and given pain relief at the scene by the North West Air Ambulance Charity Advanced Critical Care Team, before being airlifted to Blackpool Hospital.

Despite the alarming urgency, Daniel was conscious enough to notice him hovering over his house on his way to the hospital.

“I was awake in the helicopter and the staff were really calm.







Daniel is now fundraising for North West Air Ambulance
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“It was my first time in a helicopter. I couldn’t lie down due to the nature of my injury, so I saw my house as we were flying over!”

Almost five years after the incident, Daniel is now raising money for the charity by running a half marathon as part of the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.

He hopes to raise £3,500 for the charity, which is the average cost of each lifesaving mission undertaken by the charity – having so far raised just over £600.







An air ambulance team saved Daniel’s life
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“It’s great what the air ambulance team is doing, and I found out the charity doesn’t get any funding, so I just wanted to give something back,” Daniel added.

“It’s a good cause and I want to raise the same amount as an average flight would cost.”

The North West Air Ambulance Charity receives no NHS or government funding.

This year they are one of the charities chosen for the Great Manchester Run.

Kelly Stepaniuk, regional fundraiser for the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are so happy that Daniel has chosen to lead the Great Manchester Run on our behalf.

“We really rely on supporters like Daniel to keep our team flying and saving lives.”

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