Kieren Brown, from Bolsover who was 14 at the time, was cycling with his dad and a family friend when he was hit by a car while crossing a main road.
He was tended by passing paramedics and spent five days in an induced coma in hospital with head injuries, a collapsed lung and a broken leg before being woken up on his 15th birthday.
In the preceding months, the determined teenager’s fighting spirit got him back on his feet and back on his bike.
Kieren, his mum Elaine and dad David visited Kings Mill ambulance station last week to thank paramedics who came to the rescue.
David said: “I can’t praise high enough the compassion and professionalism of everyone who attended. They gave me back my son, what an amazing gift that was.”
Kieren’s accident in April 2013 was seen by Jonathan Chippendale, an East Midlands Ambulance Service manager, who was taking a patient to Kings Mill Hospital.
He said: “I immediately ran over and shortly after was joined by solo paramedic Kevin Topliss who also came across the incident while travelling to another emergency. We started to provide lifesaving intervention to give Kieren the best fighting chance.”
Kevin said: “Kieren was unconscious with a large wound on his right leg and was bleeding heavily from his femoral artery. This type of injury can be fatal if not resolved in seconds and so it was our first priority. Kieren had also suffered a collapsed lung so it was clear injuries were life threatening.”
While Kevin and Jonathan worked to keep Kieren alive an ambulance and Air Ambulance headed to the scene to take the teenager to hospital.