An Australian man says an IRON MAIDEN shirt saved his life after a serious motorcycle crash ripped his leg off.
Steve Radeski had only minutes to live after the horrific August 2014 accident left him bleeding profusely.
"There was no one around and a returned soldier from Afghanistan turned up after he heard the accident," Radeski told 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.
"I only had about six minutes to live and he came up after about four minutes and he was 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."
With the help of The Advertiser, Radeski was able to contact IRON MAIDEN's management and have a new MAIDEN shirt signed so he could later present it to Bill Gaythwaite, the man who saved his life and received an award and commendations from both the police and army for his efforts.
MAIDEN's manager gave Radeski a new, signed T-shirt for Gaythwaite backstage at the band's Adelaide concert on Thursday night, plus a spare one for the soldier to wear. In addition, MAIDEN sent a car to pick Radeski up and drive him to the gig at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, where he had a front-row seat.
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