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Ken Wright's Experience

Ken Wright is a long-term MedicAlert member, who was kind enough to share his story with us.

In 1995, Ken was in a car crash; a crash that could have been fatal due to his rare blood condition, Haemophilia, and also having a strong allergy to penicillin.

Ken's story made it on to the popular 90's BBC documentary, 999. Ken generously shares this incredible footage with us and described how MedicAlert helped to save his life and why he is still a MedicAlert member to this day.


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Ken Wright

How MedicAlert saved his life

Ken has Haemophilia, a rare blood disorder that impairs the body's ability to make blood clots, a process needed to stop bleeding. He is also allergic to penicillin, which can lead to a devastating mistake being made in an emergency if this information is not made known to those treating him.

Being able to access Ken's vital medical information drastically affected how the emergency services handled his care after the accident, as Ken was unconscious for the duration of incident. Without his MedicAlert disc, the doctor at the scence would never have known that Ken was a Haemophiliac and would have authorised a tracheostomy - a small incision in to the neck to help with breathing. This would have been a costly mistake as Ken would have bled excessively due to having Haemophilia.

All emergency responders are trained to look for MedicAlert jewellery, and Ken's medical ID necklace was found by Dr Mitchell:

Dr Mitchell quote

Snippet from Ken's scrapbook


"We finally managed to get the casualty out of the car and get him onto the grass verge. He was in quite a bad way and I suspected that he had internal injuries to both his body and head. Once we got the casualty lying down we managed to clear his airway and remove his clothing in order to give him a more detailed examination. It was then that we discovered the MedicAlert disc. The whole ball game then changed and it was extremely important that we get the casualty to the hospital" 
Dr Mitchell

Ken's scrapbook

Ken's generosity didn't end with sharing the footage from the BBC programme, 999.

He was also kind enough to share his scrapbook with us which you can see in the gallery below. The scrapbook contains snippets from newspapers and magazine articles, as well as behind the scene photos from the creation of Ken's story footage.

What to do in an emergency

Would you know what to do if you found someone unconscious?

This step-by step-video explains what to do if you find someone unconsciousness and how to help whilst calling 999. Through gathering the right information, you can help emergency services deal with the incident as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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