A SCHOOL caretaker who survived a horrific motorbike crash has come face-to-face with the man he credits with saving his life.
Great-grandfather Malcolm Hoyle, 66, of Ruthin Road, Wrexham, has relived how close he came to being killed in the collision on the A5 at Betws-y-coed in June, 2012.
He sustained serious injuries including to his neck and spine after his motorbike was in collision with a car.
Mr Hoyle believes his life was saved by off-duty ambulance technician Andy Davies, who came across the collision when driving to work.
Mr Davies administered life-saving first aid to Mr Hoyle using a kit from his car until ambulance crews arrived and Mr Hoyle was airlifted to hospital.
Ysgol Clywedog caretaker Mr Hoyle met Mr Davies yesterday for the first time since the crash to thank him for his life-saving efforts.
He also handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Wales Air Ambulance in memory of popular Ysgol Clywedog pupil Evan Williams, 12, who died suddenly in June.
“To say it’s a miracle I survived is an understatement,” said Mr Hoyle.
“I credit Andy with my survival.”
Mr Hoyle said medics told him he was potentially just a “millimetre from death” due to the severity of his neck and spinal injuries, with Mr Davies crucially managing to keep him still before crews arrived.
“I have no memory of the collision at all, except trying to persuade Andy not to cut my leathers off,” said Mr Hoyle.
“I have a vague recollection of taking off in a helicopter but that’s it."
He was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, where he stayed for more than three weeks.
Mr Hoyle has since undergone specialist treatment for his spinal injury at The Walton Centre, Liverpool.
He added: “After that it was a case of getting home and getting stronger.
“I’m speechless in my admiration to everyone who helped me.”
Mr Hoyle’s rapid recovery enabled him to return to work in April, and is grateful for the support he has received from the school.
He has become friends with Mr Davies on the social networking website Facebook and he wanted to meet him in person to thank him.
Mr Davies, 39, from Llanberis, said: “I am chuffed to see the recovery Malcolm has made.
“I heard nothing about how he was after the accident until one day I received a phone call to tell me Malcolm wanted to get hold of me.”
On the day Mr Hoyle crashed, Mr Davies was driving to Bala to start an evening shift when he became stuck in the traffic building up following the collision.
He found Mr Hoyle lying on the ground and his medical skills took over.
“I kept him still, which was a good job because we later learned he had a serious spine injury,” he said.
“I took his pulse, listened to his chest and controlled the bleeding from his face and hands.
“More than anything I just talked to him, and reassured him that help was on its way.”
Mr Hoyle yesterday joined pupils from the school to hand over a cheque for £1,000 from his own life savings to Wales Air Ambulance, expressing his thanks for their help after the crash.
Mr Hoyle donated the money in memory of Evan Williams, 12, who died suddenly at home in Bwlchgwyn in June.
“Evan’s tragic death has affected everybody in the school,” he said.
“He was clearly an extremely talented and popular young lad.”