Mysterious hero saves childs life on Brighton bus

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  1. From the Brighton Argus, 16/12/2009

    A mysterious hero saved the life of child when she choked on bubblegum on a bus.

    Ambulance staff paid tribute to the unidentified man, thought to be a soldier, who stepped in to give first aid to the five-year-old.

    The girl was taken to hospital but is not believed to have suffered further problems.

    The drama unfolded at about 3.30pm yesterday on a bus travelling in Sackville Road, Hove.

    Passengers raised the alarm when a began to choke on the gum.

    The bus was stopped suddenly to allow paramedics to reach the girl.

    One passenger, who did not wish to be named, said: “There was a lot of screaming downstairs.

    “This woman was clutching a little child.

    “Her lips were blue and black. Her eyes were rolling back in her head. She was unconscious.”

    A man ambulance staff described as an army medic gave the girl emergency treatment to allow her to breathe.

    He is believed to have been wearing the insignia of the elite army Pathfinder platoon.

    The passenger said:” A big bloke took over the situation. He checked her eyes, chest, heart. He did first aid on her. Nothing happened at first. He did it again and tried a bit of heart massage and mouth to mouth.

    “The ambulance driver said he saved the girl’s life.”

    The girl was conscious when paramedics arrived and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for treatment.

    Neither Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company nor South East Coast Ambulance Service knew the man’s identity yesterday.

    An ambulance service spokesman said: “A member of the public believed to be an army medic acted quickly to clear the child’s airway.

    “We would like to thank the man for his swift actions, which show the value of first aid skills.”

    To the unnamed squaddie:
    You probably have your own reasons for remaining anonymous, but your actions certainly saved the life of this child. This incident has raised the profile of the armed forces in the town (despite the high proportion of clowns from 'rent-a-cause') and shows the forces in a very favourable light - not always easy. All I can say, as an ex-squaddie, is 'good drills that man'.

  2. Bloody well done bud,a first class re-action to a problem :wink:

    PS I bet your glad you were
    (b)AWOL :lol:
  3. Mint drills mate
  4. 5 year old, so probably prefers orange.
  5. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    Good drills indeed. However he most likely wants to remain anonymous so plod can't nick him for kiddy fiddling. :roll:
  6. Fuk me!!!!America here we come :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
  7. Surely it doesnt matter a damn either way if he is an army medic or not . This wouldnt have made and paper if it had been a window cleaner or off duty nurse.
  8. Sadly,my first thought as well.
  9. Administering first aid on a Brighton bus is hardly "heroic" though is it.
  10. Well it was Brighton. Was Mr. Medic coming back from a night of Bum-Fun when he told his misses he was on duty? :p
  11. What is a Pathfinder doing on a bus...was he lost ;)
  12. Good Effort that man!

  13. Whilst it doesn't say which way the bus was travelling, Sackville Road is in Hove (known locally as 'Hove Actually') and is a considerable distance from the 'Pink District' (i.e. Kemptown). Probably a guy on Christmas leave who didn't want the naus that goes with a newspaper interview.
  14. Maybe not by your/our standards. It was the right thing to do and he did it.

    However in comparison with the reactions of most people (do nothing and gawp, get in the way, push people aside for a better view, film it on a mobile phone, etc) I regret that it is.

    Well done, whoever it was.
  15. Probably a walt, then.

    By the by since he wasn't filmed or photographed, who exactly was doing the "believing" and how do they know the PF insignia?