“I realized that my name would always be associated with this tragic night. I feel a little bit of responsibility for his last moments.” Speaking in an interview with the Associated Press, Dr. Frederick Miles, the doctor who provided first aid to Princess Diana and one of the last people to see her alive. Twenty-five years later, Miles said he still has the scars of what happened in the Alma Tunnel in Paris on August 31, 1997. The doctor was on his way home from a party when he found the car accident in which he lost Princess Diana. her life. Miles said he saw a smoking Mercedes, and it almost broke in two. “I walked to the wreckage of the car. I opened the door and looked inside. – said the doctor – there were four people, two of them apparently dead, having no reaction, no breathing. Two more, on the right side, were alive but in serious condition. The front passenger was screaming and still breathing. He could wait a few minutes. The passenger, Miss Diana, was kneeling on the floor of the Mercedes, head down. He was having trouble breathing. He needed immediate help.”
The doctor continued his story, explaining that he rushed to his car to call emergency services and get a respiratory bag. “He was unconscious,” Miles said, referring to Princess Diana. “Thanks to my breathing bag, he regained a bit of energy, but he couldn’t say anything.” The doctor then explained that he later discovered that the woman he had treated was Mrs. Diana. “I know it’s surprising,” said Miles, “but I didn’t recognize Princess Diana.” “I was in the car in the back seat offering to help. I knew she was so beautiful, but my attention was so focused on what I should do to save her life, and I didn’t have time to think, who this woman was.” “Someone behind me told me the victims spoke English, so I started speaking English, said I was a doctor and called the ambulance – the doctor said – I tried to console her.”
While providing first aid, Miles said he noticed flashes of paparazzi gathering to document the scene. An investigation in the UK later found that Diana’s chauffeur, Henry Paul, was intoxicated and drove at high speed to evade the pursuing paparazzi. Miles said he had “no blame” for addressing the paparazzi after the incident. “They did not prevent me from reaching the victims. … I did not ask them for help, but they did not interfere in my work ».
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