His neck was badly lacerated by the freak accident and he also sustained wounds to his face, an arm and his chest.
Simon said: “Within five minutes of being there, I started to choke on my blood and couldn’t breathe.
“I was then rushed into theatre and awoke five days later to a lovely smile from a nurse, named Teri, who was the first person I saw when I realised I was still alive.”
At hospital, Simon’s windpipe had to be completely reconstructed and he received 26 staples to his throat and neck as well as stitches to his arm. He said: “If it wasn’t for the air ambulance flying me to hospital so quickly, I could have choked on my blood and not been lying outside the theatre with all of the specialist doctors and staff ready to operate.”
After his discharge from hospital, Simon went on to make an amazing recovery.
And, 13 weeks later, he ran a triathlon – which included a 400m swim, a 20km bike ride and a six km run – with his friend,Karen.
Simon raised more than £2,200 for the WNAA and recently presented the cheque to the crew.
He said: “It was quite emotional seeing the people that saved my life and cared for me. No matter what I say or do, I will never be able to repay them or any of the other people that saved my life that day, but it’s not until something like this happens to you or someone close to you that you actually realise just how important it is that we have this service.”
To donate to WNAA calle 08454 130999.