A DOCTOR who desperately battled to save Princess Diana’s life after her horror car crash has told how he “tried everything” to get her heart beating again.
MonSef Dahman was on duty at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in the early hours of August 31, 1997 when William and Harry’s mother was tragically involved in a road smash in Paris.
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Princess Diana was rushed to Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in ParisCredit: AFP
He told the Daily Mail how he was resting in the duty room when he got a call from a senior anaesthetist telling him to go to the emergency room urgently.
“I wasn’t told it was Lady Diana, but [only] that there’d been a serious accident involving a young woman,” he revealed.
Diana, 36, her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul were all killed when their Mercedes crashed in the Alma tunnel in the French capital at around 12.20am.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones amazingly survived the carnage but was left with horrific injuries.
Owing to the severity of Diana’s injuries, she received medical treatment at the scene before suffering a cardiac arrest while being moved to an ambulance.
Dahman, now 56, told how he soon realised something momentous had happened because of the “unusual activity” at the hospital.
He said: “For any doctor, any surgeon, it is of very great importance to be faced with such a young woman who is in this condition. But of course even more so if she is a princess.”
The Mercedes she was travelling in crashed in the Alma tunnelCredit: AP:Associated Press
A photo taken shortly before the car crash which killed Diana, Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones (left) survivedCredit: Handout
X-rays soon revealed Diana was suffering very serious internal bleeding and excess fluid being removed from her chest cavity.
She then suffered another heart attack.
Dahman was then joined in the emergency room by Professor Alain Pavie -who was one of France’s leading heart surgeons.
“We tried electric shocks, several times and, as I had done in the emergency room, cardiac massage,” revealed Dahman.
“Professor Riou had administered adrenaline. But we could not get her heart beating again.”
They then worked for an hour desperately trying to save Diana’s life but to no avail.
“We fought hard, we tried a lot, really an awful lot,” said Dahman.”We could not save her. And that affected us very much.”
One of his reasons Dahman decided to spoke out was to quash theories which claimed the medics were somehow part of a murderous plot by the British Establishment.
Later British forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd looked at medical reports for the Paget inquiry into Diana’s death, led by former Scotland Yard chief Lord Stevens.
Prince Charles was quizzed by police in the years after the death of his former wifeCredit: Getty
William and Harry bow their heads as their mother’s coffin is taken out of Westminster AbbeyCredit: AFP
Based on Dr Shepherd’s expert opinion, Lord Stevens concluded: “Those involved in the emergency treatment and surgery were highly qualified and experienced in their field.
“Their evidence showed that every effort was made to save the life of the Princess of Wales. No other strategy would have affected the outcome.”
It’s also been revealed how a top cop was forced to quiz Prince Charles on allegations he plotted to kill his estranged wife.
She had penned an extraordinary note two years before her death saying she believed her then-husband was plotting to get rid of her in a staged car crash.
At that time, she and Charles were separated, although not divorced.
In the note, Diana predicted she would die through “brake failure and serious head injury”, the Daily Mail reports.
The only survivor of the crash in which Diana died is now the global head of security for vaccine giant AstraZeneca, it’s reported.
The Mail tells how Trevor Rees-Jones has rebuilt his life since the infamous crash 24 years ago.
He was travelling in the front passenger seat of the Mercedes and was trapped in the wreckage, conscious but with severe facial trauma.