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Mysterious hero saves childs life on Brighton bus

#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'.

Mnairb
 
#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.
 
#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
sandmanfez said:
Administering first aid on a Brighton bus is hardly "heroic" though is it.
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.
 
#17
polar69 said:
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.
definitely wouldnt have made it if he was an off duty copper - but good drills that man in any case
 
#18
sandmanfez said:
Administering first aid on a Brighton bus is hardly "heroic" though is it.
:roll:

If someone stepped in to save my childs life in front of a panicking mother and a bunch of gawping civvies waiting 7 minutes for Paramedics to turn up, performs CPR and stops her dying or suffering brain damage.

I'd consider him a hero and proabably buy him a few pints.
 
#19
sandmanfez said:
Administering first aid on a Brighton bus is hardly "heroic" though is it.
Just to be clear, that comment wasn't meant in any way to belittle his actions; savings a child's life is a good days work in anyone's book.
Its just the overuse of the term "hero" that tests my patience. I'd certainly buy him a pint though.............even if he is a walt. :)
 
#20
mnairb said:
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.
The 5, 5a and 5b go down into town from Sackville Rd and could easily pick-up (excuse the pun) passengers from down near Kemptown.

Nice deflection. Did you act instinctly or did you see no other option? :D









PS. Never been to Brighton in my life, Google's a wonderful thing
 

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