“You saved my daughter’s life”: Cambridgeshire mum’s heartfelt thanks to medics

Date: 23 March 2017

Elisha and family with medics

“The effort from the medical teams was fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. I didn’t think Elisha would survive.” - Those are the words from the dad of a young girl who was seriously injured in a collision with a car in Peterborough.

It’s a frightening scenario to imagine but, for the Steedman family, it was the reality they faced on 12th February when Elisha (10) and her mum Michelle (40) were hit on Bourges Boulevard.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Simon Bryan described it as: “An extremely difficult job, given how traumatic it was to look at, let alone to be involved with.”

Simon and his fellow EMTs Adam Hern and Adrian Hobbs were first to arrive, within four minutes of the 999 call, and lay witness to the carnage before them: Elisha, unconscious with a serious head injury, and Michelle in hysterics at the destruction caused by the car that had hit them.

Minutes later Student Paramedic Heather De Gaunza, Senior Paramedic Nicholas Montgomery, and Duty Locality Officer Graham Wise arrived to support.

Adam said: “When we arrived on scene we knew we had to act fast; Simon and I had the look where we knew this was a serious situation.”

Elisha had suffered a fractured skull and was swiftly taken to Peterborough City Hospital along with Michelle where, fortunately, they made good recoveries. And this week (Monday, 20th March) they were reunited with some of their life savers for the first time.

Michelle said: “They saved my daughter’s life, we can’t thank them enough, and she is here today because of the fantastic service they provided.”

Adam said: “We don’t always get to see what happened after we take patients in, so it’s nice to meet Elisha and her family again.”

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  • Summary:

    “The effort from the medical teams was fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. I didn’t think Elisha would survive.”