Feb 6 2014 by Tom Duffy, Ormskirk Advertiser
AN Ormskirk man who lost his leg in a farming accident has thanked his neighbours for saving his life.
Stephen Vose was left fighting for his life after he became trapped in a potato harvester in Downholland.
Wyn Jones, 78, ran into the field in his slippers after his daughter raised the alarm, and then managed to turn off the harvester.
Stephen, speaking for the first time after the accident, said: “I am hugely grateful to Wyn and his family for their actions on the day.
Wyn ran out of the house and managed to turn the machine off. He stayed with me until the emergency services arrived, and for that I am grateful too. I would also have to thank the paramedics and medical staff at Preston too.”
Ruth said: “I was in my bedroom, and Stephen was out in the field opposite our house. As I walked out of the room I heard a scream, and then realised something had happened.
“My dad told me to stay and call the emergency services, while he went out to the field with mum.”
Wyn told the Advertiser that he was confronted with a horrific scene when he reached the potato harvester.
He said: “It was a bloodbath. Stephen was up to his waist in the machine, and it was really, really bad. I served in the army in Malaysia, and I have seen some things but that was shocking.
“Perhaps my army training kicked in and helped me to remain calm.”
The machine was still on so Wyn had to jump into the tractor cab and try to turn it off, quickly.
He added: “ I had to keep calm, and fortunately I picked the right switch. Once the machine was off, my wife and I could begin to comfort Stephen. He was in a terrible state and had lost a lot of blood.”
The ambulance stopped in the road, and the paramedics ran down the field to reach Stephen. Due to the severity of his injuries they called the air ambulance, which landed in the field off Broad Lane.
Stephen was flown straight to Preston hospital, where there is a landing pad.
Doctors eventually managed to stabilise his condition but couldn’t save his left leg, which was amputated. He has since recovered and returned home.
Maureen said: “Stephen has been so brave. He has come round to thank us, and his family have brought gifts around to our house. Fortunately we were able to do our bit.”
The Advertiser will present Mr Jones with a Your Heroes award for his bravery later this week.