A Jindabyne paramedic has urged people to donate blood after himself being involved in an accident involving a truck on Kosciuszko Road.
The incident took place in December 2017 as the man was on his way to wrap Christmas gifts when he was hit by a truck.
The man was trapped by the steering wheel and had almost every bone in his body broken. He also described being in so much pain that he passed out.
The man was airlifted to hospital and luckily the helicopter was carrying twice the amount of his blood type than normal, which is what saved his life.
Now he is urging the public to give blood, because without it, he wouldn’t be alive, doctors had given him a 5 per cent chance of survival.
In total he needed 43 units of blood, 26 in the first 5 hours, the rest during his 3 week stay in Canberra Hospital’s Intensive Care unit.
The paramedic said he owed his life to the generosity of strangers who had donated their blood and encouraged others to do the same.