Prince William flew a woman “critically injured” by a police van to Addenbrooke’s Hospital on his last shift as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, the BBC reports.
The police van was responding to a call regarding a missing woman when it hit a woman walking on Wymondham Road in Norfolk, England at 10 p.m. It was unclear if the victim was the same woman the police were responding to a call about, BBC reports.
“The EAAA crew, which last night included William, attended an incident south of Norwich which involved a road traffic collision-related injury. A patient was treated at scene for severe head injuries then treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital,” said a spokesman for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Prince William completed his final flight with the EAAA after nearly two years of service to better prepare himself to take on more royal duties. Additionally, the Prince and Kate Middleton have increasingly spent time in London, where their son will be starting school.
He wrote to a local paper:
“As I arrive for work at East Anglian Air Ambulance this evening, my last shift with this incredible team, I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia who I have been so proud to serve. Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances.
As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief. I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives.
These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience.”
He also expressed his gratuity to the EAAA team for allowing him to be an air ambulance pilot.
“From the moment I joined, when that phone rang at the base for the first time, it was clear that I was a fellow professional, a pilot with a job to do — in such a team there can be no other option, but still I am grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily.”