She lay down on the tarmac next to her dying young son as paramedics battled to save his life. Blood pooled around the road and a large dent could be seen on the bonnet of the car that had careered into ten-year-old Luke.
In the snow facing the sky together, mother Kelly Minto, 34, tried to calm her child as his screams pierced the air. He began vomiting blood.
“I thought Luke was going to die at that point,” said paramedic Brian Mason. “And then Medic One opened the back doors and made everything better.”
Medic One is a flying squad of highly-trained doctors that brought hospital expertise and equipment to a cold winter roadside in West Lothian last December, saving Luke’s life.
Now the Minto family is starring in an emotional short film that reunites Luke with the doctors who gave him a second chance – in a bid to promote their vital work.
It is hoped the heart-rending clip – bearing testimonies of the paramedics, doctors and family involved in the incident – will encourage more people to donate to Medic One in Edinburgh.
Recalling the day her son almost died, Mrs Minto said: “I saw the blood and I lay on the road beside him.
“It was when I saw the scene and the blood, and I saw it coming out of the nose as well, that’s when I thought, ‘God no, this is bad’.”
Paramedic Brian Mason becomes misty-eyed as he charts the extent of Luke’s critical injuries and eventual recovery.
He said: “I hope throughout the rest of my career that I never have another job like that. Luke was constantly screaming, screaming at the top of his voice, ear-piercing screams, I could feel my eardrums vibrating with the screams.”
Paramedics believed they were just moments away from beginning CPR when the mobile intensive care unit Medic One arrived and stabilised the youngster by inducing a coma and clearing his airways.
Luke awoke on Christmas Day last year. He suffers some memory loss and flashbacks to the crash in Whitburn but had almost fully recovered from his injuries which included a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a compound leg break, bruised ribs and blood on his lungs.
Kelly Minto said reliving the ordeal for the film had been traumatic but the family was determined to help spread the word about Medic One.
“You never know when you could need some help,” she said. “What happened to us could have happened to anybody. If it wasn’t for Medic One, Luke wouldn’t be here,” she said.
“The video has had quite a few shares on Facebook, even some of my friends in America. We’ll be doing some fundraising after Christmas and we’re hoping to get local businesses involved.”
The Minto family is now looking forward to a “normal family Christmas” at home.
Luke attends Polkemmet Primary School two full days and half-days the rest of the week. But he tires easily and has memory problems.
His dad Derek Minto said the importance of supporting Medic One could not be overstated: “A lot of people don’t realise it’s a charity. They think it’s part of the NHS.”
n To watch the Medic One video, visit www.edinburghnews.com