Family of boy, 11, who survived car collision say blood donors saved his life


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Charlie Golden, 11, was knocked down by a car while crossing the road outside his home. The young boy suffered fractures and was saved thanks to two blood transfusions

Charlie Golden pictured in hospital after the car collision
Charlie Golden pictured in hospital after the car collision

The family of an 11-year-old lad who miraculously survived a horror car collision have told how heroic blood donors saved his life.

Charlie Golden was crossing the road outside his home when he was knocked down by the car.

The ferocious impact tore off the youngster’s scalp and left him with his pelvis fractured in four places.

Medics had to hold his head for five hours because they couldn’t stop the bleeding. Two blood transfusions eventually saw him pull through.

His mum, Lauren, explained the then eight-year-old Charlie was leaving their house in Aylesham, near Canterbury, Kent, on his way to show friends a shortcut to a local park.

“His dad Paul called out to Charlie to be careful on the road, like he always did, and watched them cross from the window,” she told the Mirror.

Charlie with his mom Lauren

“That’s when he saw the car hit our boy, right outside the front door.

“He just shouted, ‘He’s been hit’, and ran out of the door.

“Paul and a neighbor basically held his head together and started to stem the bleeding.”

Charlie’s injuries were so severe he was put into a coma on the roadside before being airlifted to King’s College Hospital, in London.

He remained in a critical condition for 72 hours while two blood motorbikes sped extra blood to the hospital to keep him alive.

“He would have died if there had not been enough blood available,” said Lauren, who has since become a champion of giving blood, encouraging friends and family to become lifesavers as well.

“I remember lying next to Charlie in his hospital bed and really wishing that I had donated,” she said.

Charlie Golden was crossing the road outside his home when he was hit

“A few days after the accident, I put an appeal on Facebook to family and friends pleading with them to donate as I knew the generosity of others saved my little boy’s life.

“Blood is one of those things you just expect to be there when you need it, but I hadn’t stopped to consider where it comes from.” As it stands the NHS is 75,000 regular blood donors short of what it needs to recover from Covid-19.

With stocks in England now supplied by the smallest ever pool of donors this century, the Mirror is campaigning for readers to help make up the critical shortfall.

Around three quarters of a million people kept hospitals in stock at the height of the pandemic, but this was 40,000 fewer than the year before.

A third of blood given goes to patients undergoing emergency surgery. A stranger’s generosity meant Charlie survived. His brain injury means he has some learning difficulties.

And Lauren and husband Paul now regularly give their own blood.

Lauren said: “The other day, I received a text telling me which hospital my blood has been issued to.

“All I could think of were those amazing people who received that same text when their donation saved my Charlie’s life.

“Without someone, somewhere, donating, he would have died.”

How can you help?

Register as a blood donor today and play your part in the NHS recovery.

Patients need blood all year around and the NHS needs to ensure a steady supply.

In some areas of the country there are limited appointments for first time donors so if you cannot find a slot straight away please search a few weeks or months ahead.

Visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to register and start saving lives.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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