Iron Maiden Shirt Saved Man’s Life, Band Helps Him Repay Fan Who Saved Him
Iron Maiden once wrote about "The Evil That Men Do," but that isn't the case everywhere. In August 2014, Steve Radeski of Adelaide, Australia, tragically had his leg severed in a motorcycle accident. A passerby wearing an Iron Maiden shirt realized the immediacy of the situation and came to the rescue. Almost two years later, Radeski was able to repay the favor with a little help from Eddie and the boys.
“There was no one around and a returned soldier from Afghanistan turned up after he heard the accident,” Radeski began when recalling the event with The Advertiser. “My leg had come off totally and the bones were coming out of my hand. It was a compound fracture of the femur so that took the femoral artery out."
The motorcyclist explained he had about six minutes to live following the accident. The soldier, Bill Gaythwaite, appeared after about four minutes, "wearing a 1985 Iron Maiden tour shirt which he’d had since he was a kid. He was a tragic fan but looked at me and realized that he would have to use it as a tourniquet which stemmed the blood flow until the helicopter arrived."
“Iron Maiden saved my life," Radeski stated. After learning about the accident, Iron Maiden's management reached out to Radeski, inviting him backstage to the band's show today (May 12) where he was presented with a signed Maiden shirt and given another to present to Gaythwaite. Prior to the show, the band sent a car to pick up Radeski and bring him to the venue where he was given a front row seat.
“It is right up there with one of the best nights I have ever had — it means a lot to get to this point and it has just been overwhelming," Radeski beamed. “I just want to thank everyone who has helped along the way, it is a really, really good story.” He also revealed, “I still have the (T-shirt) from that day — and it hasn’t been washed."
Iron Maiden are currently in the midst of a world tour in support of The Book of Souls. A full list of remaining tour dates can be seen here.
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