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How racing doctor John Hinds inspired medics around the world

By David Young

The skills and expertise taught by racing medic John Hinds are still helping save lives all over the world.

Dr Hinds was fatally injured while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session in Dublin on July 3 and died in hospital the following day.

A letter from a grieving fan to the Belfast Telegraph and published today tells how Dr Hinds' unique contribution to trackside emergency medicine has helped train other medical professionals as far away as Australia.

Colin Brown, from Devon, revealed how the message of the inspirational medic who helped so many others was still saving lives around the globe.

"I was lucky enough to have five minutes with him at the NW200," said Colin.

"When I heard about Dr Hinds' passing, I placed a small dedication on my Facebook page and via Twitter - and an old school friend who now lives in Australia and is a paramedic informed me that he had been trained watching videos of Dr Hinds' lectures.

"I am no medic but obviously his training system for emergency medicine was great enough to be used worldwide."

In the video, Dr Hinds shares his hard-earned trackside knowledge with professional colleagues.

Speaking to a medical conference, he showed horrific images of the aftermath of a 180mph crash at the NW 200, and described how swift intervention was able to save life of the rider, despite massive injuries sustained after he hit a wall.

"This was a massive, massive accident," said Dr Hinds in the video. "We were on the scene within 10 seconds of impact.

"He was in traumatic cardiac arrest." But thanks to the fast action of Dr Hinds and his team, the rider was saved.

"We got an output back, and then anaesthetised and transferred him to the most appropriate hospital environment," said Dr Hinds. "The guy is back up running his own business."

In a poignant passage in the video, Portaferry medic Dr Hinds speaks of his experiences on the race track and his awareness of its dangers. "This is me," he said as images of him racing flashed onto the screen. "I know racing is dangerous - I've been that man."

Speaking of his previous injuries, Dr Hinds said: "I've lots of metalwork. I've been in hospital lots of times and had lots of operations - and I still don't learn. The speed and the environment that you race in - that's the problem."

On Sunday, leading Northern Ireland motorcycle racer Eugene Laverty wore a specially-made helmet to honour his hero Dr Hinds during the German Moto GP.

"Shoei made a one-off helmet - and I wore it during the race as a tribute to John, because he was a big hero to all of us back home," the biker said.

Dr Hinds also campaigned for an air ambulance service in Northern Ireland. Last night a petition backing the campaign had reached 65,000 signatures.

  • Dr Hinds' video can be seen at http://goo.gl/Cr39aX - however it was made for a medical audience, and contains scenes some may find disturbing

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