The air ambulance crew talked about when they had to come to the rescue of a circus performer after falling from the wheel of death in Helicopter ER.
Tonight’s episode of the show, which airs on Really, focuses on Yorkshire star acrobat Khalid, 27, who plunged into the crowd from a height of about five meters while performing a perilous stunt on the ‘wheel of death’ , that almost lived up to its name.
His best friend and colleague saw it happen and explains to the ambulance brothers how the stunt went wrong.
“His hands slipped and he landed on one of the chairs,” he says. “The wheel turned when Khalid fell and drove him to the crowd where he landed on an audience member, luckily he broke his fall.”
The air ambulance crew rushes to acrobat Khalid, 27, who plunged into the crowd from a height of about five meters while performing a deadly defying stunt on the ‘wheel of death’ in the episode of Really’s Helicopter ER tonight
The ‘wheel of death’ (pictured) is like a very large hamster wheel hanging about five meters above the ground
During the episode, Doctor Neil, accompanied by paramedics Lisa and Tyrone, departs in the air ambulance and passes on the information he has received to his team.
“The information we have received at this time is that a man has fallen from a height of about 25-30 feet, and the circus team that made the call said that he landed directly on his head,” he says.
“He is currently being reported as awake and talking, but given the nature of the mechanism of his injury, we have been given the task of sending it to this incident.”
Uncertain of the extent of their patient’s injuries, the crew makes the 15-minute trip to the circus before landing safely.
Khalid’s friend explains how the acrobat lost his grip when the wheel went up and he fell in the audience (photo)
Last year, about five people around the world were killed in the same act. Depicted, the ‘wheel of death’
Inside the tent, the performance of the evening is still ongoing, but without losing a second, the crew is taken to the location of their patient, who is already assisted by a paramedic team on the ground.
Fortunately, the man Khalid landed on escaped unharmed – and it seems Khalid had a happy escape, too, because paramedic Tyrone cannot find any obvious or significant injuries.
“So I just went in the ring to see where this guy fell,” Dr. Neil explains.
“He’s held on to what is described as a very large hamster wheel hanging about five feet from the floor, his hands slipping off the edge of the ring and falling back.”
Tyrone’s verdict is reassuring, but the decision has been made that the ground crew will take Khalid to the local hospital for inspection.
Despite the clumsiness of Khalid’s accident, Doctor Neil admits Khalid’s injuries seem minor
It was a worrying evening for the Ring Mistress, who admits that there are no safety guarantees when performing a risky job at the circus.
‘We are a traveling circus, currently in Silsden, our last act on the show is the’ wheel of death ‘.
Khalid had done a trick tonight where the wheel spins, “she says. “He actually lost his grip when it went up and he fell in the audience. It is all a great shock, but the circus can be dangerous and it is an act that defies death. ‘
I think five people around the world were killed by this act last year. ‘
Despite the clumsiness of Khalid’s accident, Doctor Neil admits that his injuries seem to be minimal.
“The patient is currently awake, talking and oriented, so he shows no signs of being clinically ill and we have no immediate concerns, but he does need to go to an emergency department for an evaluation,” he said.
Fortunately, after being taken to hospital, Khalid was released after a checkup did not reveal serious injuries. A few days later he was back on the wheel of death.
Helicopter ER will be broadcast on Monday at 22:00, exclusively on Really and dplay