Special award for amazing Grace

Date: 07 November 2019

Michael Whitcombe, Grace Bruce, Amanda Bruce, David Bruce, and Shane Farnham

A brave girl who helped to save her grandfather’s life by keeping calm and calling for help when he collapsed after suffering stroke symptoms has been praised for her courage by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).

Quick-thinking Grace Bruce, 12, raised the alarm and followed the call handler’s instructions until crews could arrive when her grandad David became seriously unwell at his home in Brentwood in August.

She then went onto clear space for our crews to work before helping collect medication, as well as calling her mum to tell her what had happened.

Although David suffered a fit and went into cardiac and respiratory arrest, Grace stayed calm and collected throughout the traumatic ordeal.

David was quickly transferred to Queen’s Hospital in Romford and has since made a full recovery.

Michael Whitcombe, student paramedic and EMT and Shane Farnham, EMT, were the first crew on scene. Michael said: “David recalls his granddaughter calling for help, putting the phone on loudspeaker and following the instructions and answering the call handler’s questions.

“She assisted us on scene with clearing space, getting medication and getting in touch with her mum. It is clear that had Grace not called for help, then her granddad wouldn't be here today.”

Michael and his colleagues were able to thank Grace in person last week when she visited Basildon ambulance station with her mum Mandy and grandad David to collect a bravery certificate and letter of thanks from EEAST Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein.

  • Summary:

    A brave girl, who helped to save her grandfather’s life by keeping calm and calling for help when he collapsed, has been praised for her courage by EEAST.