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Car crash teenager reunited with ambulance staff who saved him

A Winchmore Hill teenager was reunited on Friday with the ambulance staff who treated him after a serious car crash.

Stefan Capsalis, 17, who lives off Green Dragon Lane, was travelling in the back seat of a car with friends when it hit a tree on London Road last September.

He was attended by emergency medical technicians John Jewson and Claire Howard and Paramedic Chris Thomas, all from Ponders End ambulance station, and Paramedic Jane Worthington, from Chase Farm, who were all reunited with Stefan at Chase Farm ambulance station on The Ridgeway, next to the hospital where he was born.

Jane said: “We suspected that Stefan had seriously injured his back, and after discussion with the air ambulance doctor it was decided that he would be best treated at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. We’re really glad to see that he’s recovered and looking so well.”

Stefan has since had two operations on his back and was not discharged from hospital until October. He is now well on the way to recovery and hopes to start playing football for his local team again in a couple of months.

Stefan said: “It’s interesting to meet the people who helped me, and I’m really appreciative and thankful to them for saving me.”

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