The dramatic rescue attempts to save a ‘miracle boy’ restaurant manager who plunged nearly 200ft from a popular rock pile in Oldham have been shown on television.
Imran Choudhury emerged from his home in South Chadderton in the early morning of February 23, 2021 to walk to the Trinnacle, a three-pronged stack of rocks near Dovestone Reservoir, as part of his training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this that year. The 37-year-old, who runs his family restaurant The New Polash in Chadderton, stopped halfway for water and a snack, before continuing and climbing the pile – broadcasting a Facebook Live at his followers to update them on his training.
Two walkers, Carly and Nadine, were right behind Imran and took a few pictures of him before he descended. As he descended two steps, he slipped and plunged nearly 200 feet into the valley below. Now the full series of events has aired on BBC One’s Close Calls: On Camera.
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He recalled: “At the end of the video, I actually said ‘if someone falls from here, that will be the end of the story for that person.’ I remember going down two or three steps, I don’t remember anything else.
Nadine immediately called 999 for help, while Carly descended the steep slope to reach Imran. Another pair of walkers, Paul and Caroline, heard the girls screaming for help and rushed to help save the father-of-three.
When Paul and Carly reached Imran, they could see that he had “catastrophic” injuries to his head and leg, and he kept losing consciousness. Paul told the BBC that Imran had very obvious injuries, including that his right leg was “virtually detached”, but none of the wounds were bleeding particularly heavily. The pair put him at ease and waited for help.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was the first on the scene as the helicopter struggled to land in the windy conditions. Two paramedics and a surgeon walked from the helicopter, which was to land on flatter ground at the top of the cliff, and quickly realized that Imran needed to be winched to safety because transporting him up the hill would be too dangerous. .
About 20 volunteers from the Oldham Mountain rescue team were the next to arrive, helping to stoke Imran’s leg and put him on a stretcher, ready to be airlifted by the search team and coast guard rescue. Adam Knight, one of the section chiefs, said: “We were doing a leg brace for him, but I wasn’t convinced they could save his leg. It looked like he might not survive. at the crash we can assume he had more injuries and certainly some internal injuries as well, we knew we were going to have to work fast to get him out for him to have a chance.
An hour and a half after the fall, Imran was strapped on a stretcher and ready to be airlifted to the top of the cliff, where the air ambulance was waiting and ready to transport him to North General Hospital. Sheffield. Once there, doctors placed him in an induced coma for three weeks to give Imran’s body time to heal.
Tests showed Imran had broken 15 bones in his body, including his skull, spine and ankle. His right leg had been crushed and needed to be put in a frame while new bones grew, and his right shoulder needed 12 pieces of metal to put back together. It was feared that Imran would never walk again, but with a lot of hard work and support from physiotherapists, he was able to take a few steps in hospital, continuing his recovery at home after two months in the ward.
“Everyone calls me a miracle boy,” Imran said in the program. “I think I’m here for a reason because I’ve been doing charity work for a long time and because I have more work to do, that’s why I’m still here.” Since the crash, Imran has handed out hundreds of free meals to people who have helped him, taking curries to Sheffield General, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Oldham Mountain Rescue.
He also raised money for all the services that came to his aid, raising £2,500 for the hospital that treated him and over £3,600 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, with plans to raise money for the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team underway. Imran’s story was featured on Episode 2 of Close Calls: On Camera Series 10, which aired Tuesday, April 12. The episode is now available on iPlayer.