Diabetic man trapped under Dagenham car for 15 minutes after wind blew tree on him
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A Goodmayes diabetic with low blood sugar was trapped under a car for 15 minutes when a gust of strong wind blew a 15ft tree on top of him.
Huseyin Unsoy, 30, went to visit his mum to change a filter on her car in Dagenham on Saturday (April 27).
After completing the “simple job”, the mental health worker looked under the car to tighten a “few things up”.
He had only been under there for three minutes when a forceful blast of air knocked over a nearby tree.
“I heard a big bag and felt excruciating pain,” he said.
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“I couldn’t move and screamed for my mum.
“Mum was washing dishes at the time looking out of the window and saw the tree fall – it was like slow motion – but she couldn’t make it out there in time.
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“She tried to help but she is only little – about 5ft 3 – and could lift it.
“She screamed at passersby to help and when one did she tried to wriggle me out a bit.”
While his mum called an ambulance, Huseyin tried to lie as still as possible.
He added: “I’m a Type 1 diabetic and my sugar levels really dropped.
“They took me to hospital and as I had blood in my urine they gave me a scan.
“The doctors couldn’t believe the size of the tree that fell on me - it smashed the car up.”
Huseyin said healthcare professionals told him he had fractured his ribs and would need to rest for a couple of weeks for them to heal.
This recovery time might prove a little problematic as he is a dad to a four-year-old who loves nothing more than to jump on him in bed to wake him up in the mornings.
Overall the mental health worker is in good spirits despite being a little sore and he will celebrate his 31st birthday on Friday resting up.
“It’s such a freak accident you don’t hear about,” he added.
“I wanted to share my story to raise awareness about being near big trees in heavy winds.”
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed paramedics were called to the scene of the incident.
“We were called at 12.49pm on Saturday to reports of an incident at a residential address in Holden Close, Dagenham.
“We sent an ambulance crew to the scene and took a person to hospital.”