Local officers worked together after youngster stopped breathing
Ealing police officers have been praised after they saved the life of a five-year-old girl who had stopped breathing.
On Tuesday, 23 June PCs Dawn Flanagan and Melissa Allen-Turner were assisting with traffic congestion in Lady Margaret Road, Southall when they were made aware of a young child who wasn't breathing.
The girl was at home with her parents when she had an asthma attack and stopped breathing. They ran out into the street in a blind panic and asked for help. A passing driver offered to take the child to hospital but due to the traffic conditions they were unable to move anywhere.
The girl’s father approached the officers shouting and screaming that his daughter wasn’t breathing. PC Allen-Turner immediately took the lifeless child from the car and placed her on the ground in order to give her space and room to work. As she did so she communicated via her radio her location and what she dealing with clearly and concisely and commenced CPR.
PC Ben Doyle, who is a police medic, ran to the scene from Southall police station to help. He gave rescue breathes to the child and took over chest compressions.
Whilst the two officers were carrying out CPR, PC Flanagan consoled the child's parents, who were distraught. The road was shut to prevent further traffic and pedestrians and ensure there was sufficient room for an ambulance to have access.
The London Ambulance Service arrived on scene and PC Doyle continued with chest compressions whilst paramedics set up and administered oxygen to the young girl. The LAS advised police that they needed to attend hospital immediately.
In order to allow paramedics to continue to work on the child, one of the police officers drove the ambulance to a west London hospital.
PC Scott Groves, also a police medic, assisted PC Doyle in the back of the ambulance to ensure the girl received sufficient oxygen.
She was taken to hospital where she was treated and has since made a full recovery.
During a debrief with the senior paramedic at the hospital, he praised the actions of all concerned but specifically PCs Allen-Turner and Doyle and the crew of the LAS. He said without the prompt action of these officers, the young girl would not have lived.
The officers bought the child a police teddy bear and she was presented with the toy by PCs Allen-Turner and Doyle.
Superintendent Colin Wingrove said: "This type of incident demonstrates the diverse nature of policing and the bravery and professionalism of police officers. A truly brilliant piece of work by these officers, supported by colleagues in the health service. I am very proud and delighted that this incident had a happy ending with the young girl making a full recovery."
20th July 2015