Crash pilot returns to thank Frenchay Hospital teams

Friday, 14 June 2013

Stunt pilot Tony de Bruyn returned to Frenchay Hospital to thank the staff involved in his care and treatment following a crash landing at Cotswold Airport last year.

The Belgian pilot, who flies with the OV-10B Bronco Demo Team, suffered serious burns and back injuries when his plane came down during a practice flight.

The display team had been in the UK as part of the Royal International Air Tattoo at nearby RAF Fairford.

Mr de Bruyn, along with his family and members of the Bronco team, met with the intensive care unit team and burns team at Frenchay Hospital to thank them for their care.

He also presented the teams with a charitable donation of £5,000 to the hospital.

His visit to Frenchay Hospital was part of a wider weekend of thanks where he will also meet ambulance crews from Great Western Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

The ‘Thank You Tour’ will also include a special event at Cotswold Airport will also be held on June 15 and 16 with the Bronco air display team.

Pictured left to right: Catalina Estela, consultant plastic surgeon, Amanda Dufley, physiotherapist, Karen Highway, specialist burns nurse, Tony de Bruyn and wife Edith, Sarah Mcauslan-Crine, ICU matron and Sheena Cattanach, ICU/Burns senior sister.

Tony de Bruyn and the burns and intensive care teams