To The Paramedic Who Saved Our Whole Family

09/02/2017 16:26
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Dear Paramedic,

You picked up my lifeless baby from the Hepworth Gallery, Yorkshire, earlier this year.

When you rushed through the doors of the gallery, you instantly injected hope into what was the most awful and surreal moment of my life.

My beautiful baby girl had stopped breathing and started bleeding from the nose and mouth. She had turned grey and unresponsive. I tried, amidst my wails, to resuscitate her.

Strangers helped me as we lay my little Arianna on the floor and put her into recovery position. The nightmare continued as she still wasn't breathing.

We were guided by an emergency operator to lie my baby back in order to open her airways.

Thankfully, two paramedics ran in and they calmly and quickly ventilated my beautiful little girl.

They put Arianna on a stretcher and they ushered my other daughter Jasmine, aged three, and I inside the ambulance.

On board, the large mask covering my baby's face seemed to do some good as she started to gasp.

I cried with some temporary relief.

You, paramedic, I don't remember your name, but you smiled and reassured my eldest daughter, a scared three-year-old who had been excited about doing crafts at the gallery but had suddenly been faced with the worst drama possible.

In that short journey to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield you managed to keep us all going, you breathed life back into my almost-dead baby, you played with my Jasmine and you clearly and confidently explained to me what you were doing to Arianna.

I could not have asked for more from you and your colleague, you were on shift, we were not your only casualties that day but you made us feel like we were all that mattered to you.

You did not just ship us off and leave us in the resuscitation room at the hospital but instead you came and you cared for us all. You made sure my eldest was fed and you distracted her from seeing a large team of medical professionals rush around Arianna as nobody could understand what had caused her to stop breathing.

You continued to update me, whilst offering no promises, your kind nature somewhat calmed me.

You stayed with us until my partner and mother-in-law arrived.

Save My Baby

You gave my daughter the gift of life, you made us feel special and we could not have asked for better care.

We realise how lucky we are to have a happy ending. We have a beautiful lively two-year-old now who is growing stronger each day and she has a long life ahead of her.

Arianna and I also visited a Yorkshire Ambulance Service Roadshow where we met your boss and some of your other life-saving colleagues.

Even then, in a non-emergency but educational situation, the staff listened to our story and they told us about their passion for First Aid whilst making a fuss of my Arianna, the one you saved.

So thank you paramedics, the heartbeat of an organisation, the people who give up their own lives to not just 'do a job' but to care for those in the most vulnerable of situations.
You are what is truly good about humanity. I know funding is tight, scary cuts are happening and times are very hard but please know that you are appreciated.

If anybody is reading this please join me in saying #ThankYouNHS. We should all know the basics of first aid should the unthinkable happen.

Yours thankfully,

Sophie Mei Lan

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