Sonny thanks good samaritans for second chance at life

A man seated in a wheelchair with two women and man standing behind him
Sonny Savage, centre, with Jacqueline Lees, Malcolm Gomersall and Registered Nurse Ellen Moreno
November 21, 2017

Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) rehabilitation patient Sonny Savage had two very special visitors this week.

Sonny’s life was turned upside-down in August when he was hit by a car while riding home on his motorcycle.

The left side of his body was crushed in the hit-and-run incident, with multiple breaks in his arm, leg, ribs and jaw as well as a collapsed lung and facial lacerations.

Bystanders Malcolm Gomersall and Jacqueline Lees, an off-duty nurse, rushed to his side and administered first aid, helping him breathe until paramedics arrived.

Sonny was rushed to Rockingham General Hospital to be stabilised before being taken to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) where he endured multiple surgeries to repair his shattered body.

For the past two months he has been cared for by the FSH State Rehabilitation Service team on Ward 2A.

This week, Sonny got the chance to meet his good Samaritans for the first time.

There were smiles, hugs and tears as he thanked them for saving his life.

“These people gave me another chance at life,” Sonny said.

“If they hadn’t been there, I may not be here today. I can’t thank them enough for what they did.”

Sonny also expressed his gratitude to the hospital staff who had helped him through.

“I’m so grateful for the people who have looked after me at both RPH and FSH,” Sonny said.

“From the surgeons to the rehab team, everyone has been incredible.

“I want to thank FSH not just for the medical care but for the emotional support I’ve been given, to help me deal with what happened. I really couldn’t ask for more.”

Sonny plans to fly to New Zealand to visit his seriously ill mum as soon as he leaves hospital.