Ali (42) had cycled the route hundreds of times without incident. But taking a downhill bend too fast sent her and her bicycle careering over a fence and down a slope onto some rough grass on a remote country road.
Ali's horrific accident saw her land on her face and neck, shattering her nose and breaking her neck and back in several places. As she lay there paralysed apart from her arms, Ali was able to reach for her backpack and miraculously retrieve her phone to call her husband.
“I knew there was something seriously wrong - I couldn’t move - so I also called an ambulance as well.”
The land ambulance crew then called in SCAA and Ali was treated and flown rapidly to hospital.
After 10 weeks in a full body cast and intensive physiotherapy she’s expected to make a full recovery.
“The consultant at the hospital said I should be grateful I had been brought in by helicopter because of the risk of permanent damage and disability if I had had to endure a long and rough journey by land ambulance.
“The guys at SCAA are amazing and I am in no doubt at all that the speed, care and professionalism with which the air ambulance and its crew dealt with my emergency is fundamental to the fact I can still walk and that my recuperation is so successful - to the extent that I aim to be running in April's London Marathon!”