Ripon mum's life-saving rescue mission to feature on prime-time TV

Karen has jumped back on the bike. But this time with a co-pilot - her husband, Bruce.
Karen has jumped back on the bike. But this time with a co-pilot - her husband, Bruce.

A Ripon mother-of-three who had a life-threatening cycling accident will have her rescue mission story featured on the first episode of a prime-time television series.

Experienced cyclist Karen Coram, 61, was taking part in a 60-mile ride with her daughter when it is believed her bike hit grating at the bottom of Kirkby Road, Ripon.

The 61-year- old suffered serious skull fractures after hitting the tarmac face first and was airlifted by Yorkshire Air Ambulance to Leeds General infirmary where she spent two days in neuro-intensive care.

But now Karen's story will be the first to feature on Helicopter ER, a 15-episode series which follows the life-saving work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Karen said: “I am just so grateful to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. If it had not been for them my family would have been without me.”

Karen, who is also the former deputy head of Ripon Cathedral Choir School, spent a total of nearly three weeks in hospital and was placed in an induced coma.

Since then, Karen has had a long and difficult recovery, suffering from memory, vision, temperature control and movement problems as well as mood swings.

But despite this, Karen is back on two wheels, sharing a tandem bike with her husband, Bruce, on the roads of Lincolnshire - where the couple have relocated to build their eco-friendly home.

Karen said: "My family have banned me from riding on my own. But my husband and I have cycled thousands of miles on the tandem and are looking forward to more trips now."

The new series will debut on Monday September 26 at 10pm on UKTV's reality channel, Really, and will run at the same time weekly, featuring other stories from across the region.

The first episode of Helicopter ER will also feature the dramatic rescue of a groundsman trapped under his sinking tractor in an East Yorkshire lake and a farmer who was attacked by his own bulls.