Scaffolder Lost Both Arms and a Leg After Being Electrocuted with 33,000 volts in Accident, Risks Losing His Final Limb
A Scaffolder, Jamie Mines, who lost both arms and a leg in horror accident after being electrocuted by 33 volts has revealed his remaining leg will also be amputated.
Jamie Mines spent six months fighting for his life in hospital after being shocked by 33,000 volts of electricity that left him with devastating injuries and claimed three of his limbs.
The 33-year-old talented footballer, from Swindon in Wiltshire, was holding a tin sheet when the horrific accident happened while helping to build a temporary shelter at work.
He was thrown back four metres in the air and landed on a half-finished metal roof where he remembers feeling as though his “whole body was on fire” and as if he was dead.
An air ambulance was called and he was lifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where doctors put him into an induced coma for three weeks,
In the first three days he was being treated at the hospital, surgeons amputated Jamie’s right leg, left forearm, and half of his left foot – 10 days later they removed his right arm.
Speaking about the incident, he said: “It felt like my heart and lungs were burning and then it was my legs and arms.
“My whole body was on fire, like there was 1,000 degree heat inside me, but there were no flames. I thought I was dead. I thought I was burned to a crisp.”
His family was told he could die following the horrific accident on December 19 but, after 10 weeks in intensive care and months of rehab, he returned home to his partner Harley Ware, 25, and twin baby girls, 11-month-olds Savannah and Isabella, last week – just in time for Father’s Day.
He said: “My biggest fear was not knowing if the babies would remember me. When I saw them after three months, they had changed so much.
“I hardly recognised them – they were chubby and had all this hair. I was scared they wouldn’t recognise me because at first my voice was a husky, low whisper because one of my vocal cords was fried.
“But I got to hold them again and it was so emotional. They did know who I was. It was lovely.”
Harley, speaking at times through tears, said: “When I saw him [in the hospital for the first time] I started crying. He was covered in bandages. I kissed him on the head and took a photo because I didn’t know if I would ever see him again.
“The second time I went he was awake. He couldn’t talk very well. I didn’t know if he was going to be different, but he wasn’t.
“When I first took the girls to visit, Jamie’s eyes lit up. I put them on him but it was hard for him to hold them because his arms were cut so short.
“I was worried they would miss out on the bond with him. He was an an amazing dad – he always rocked them to sleep and would sing lullabies.
“I was thinking about what he wouldn’t be able to do with them, but now I feel much more positive about the future.
“It has been an emotional rollercoaster but it has definitely brought us closer together. It is amazing having him home.”
However, despite his torment, he will have another surgery to endure when doctors remove his last remaining limb, his left leg, in July.
The Health and Safety Executive is still investigating the incident at Kendrick Industrial Estate in Swindon, Wiltshire, where Jamie was employed by Boundary Scaffolding.
A fundraising appeal set up by Jamie’s friends to help the family raised more than £142,000, with strangers around the world pledging support.
Sporting stars including England football legend Alan Shearer, boxer Joe Calzaghe and racing driver Jenson Button, an old school pal, also sent their best.
Jamie, who used to play as a striker for Frome Town FC, added: “Day to day life is totally different. It can be so frustrating; it annoys the hell out of me.
“I don’t feel like I will ever feel content missing their first Christmas, or not seeing them, but I I could have fried and become a vegetable. I feel blessed to be alive.”
“I will never be able to do lots of things. I miss football – you can’t beat the feeling of scoring a goal.
“I even miss scaffolding and changing the babies’ nappies, but I try not to think about it because it’s the only way I can carry on and at the end of the day.