First aiders help save boy’s life
10 October 2006
The parents of a young boy critically injured
in a junior motor racing accident have praised the St John
Ambulance team who went to his rescue.
The chap from St John Ambulance was terrific – they all did a fantastic job.
12-year-old Chris Stewart broke his neck in the accident at
Tongham Motor Club.The six-strong first aid team, who were on duty
at the race meeting, were on the scene within 30 seconds and
quickly identified a possible spinal injury. Team leader Richard
Coleman held Chris’s head still while the fire service cut the car
to free him – a delicate operation that took more than an hour.
Chris was then taken by NHS Ambulance to Southampton General
Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.
Chris’s Father John said: 'The chap from St
John Ambulance was terrific – they all did a fantastic job.'
Members of St John Ambulance are on duty at Tongham at every race
and undergo regular training in all aspects of first aid – in
particular spinal immobilisation techniques.
David Harrison, Commander of St John Ambulance
Hampshire, joined Chris’s parents in praising the team. 'I am
really proud of the way the team carried out the rescue and
treatment of this young lad. Any serious accident is traumatic, but
one involving a young child is particularly difficult. Our members
showed a very high level of professionalism and care. I can’t thank
them enough for all they did on that day.'
The Alton team involved in the rescue were
Richard Coleman, Steven Fish and Elaine Dowling. They were
supported by Basingstoke members Keith Patching, Zoe James and
Chris is still at Southampton General Hospital
and faces a long road to recovery.