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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance announces Student of the Year

20 Dec Essex & Herts Air Ambulance announces Student of the Year

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has announced this year’s winner of The Michael Heaster Award, given by the Charity to its Student of the Year.

The Michael Heaster Award recognises a medical, paramedic or nursing student who has shown outstanding performance during a placement with EHAAT. The award was established by David and Patricia Heaster, whose son Michael died following a road traffic collision in 2014. EHAAT attended the incident and gave him a chance of survival by re-establishing a heartbeat before airlifting him to Addenbrooke’s Major Trauma Centre

Patricia Heaster, from Hertford, presented the award to Ashleigh Pittams, a medical student at Birmingham University in a brief ceremony at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

Ashleigh, who said she was delighted to have been selected for the award, spent five weeks with EHAAT in May and June as part of its student elective programme. This allows student doctors, paramedics and nurses to shadow the Charity’s Critical Care Team.