Ambulance crew members who saved the life of a boy who fell from a moving coach have been recognised for their efforts.
Five members of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust were given chief officer commendations at the trust’s annual awards ceremony for their efforts on April 13 when nine-year-old Sebastian Goold fell from a moving coach on the A47 at King’s Lynn.
The youngster was rushed to hospital and later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he remains in a serious but stable condition. The status of his condition was upgraded from critical on Monday.
But had it not been for the efforts of the paramedics, Seb as he is known to friends, might not have survived.
Andrew Latter, Andrew Long, Darren Sullivan, Carl Smith and Ray McAllister all received chief officer commendations for their efforts on that day in responding to the call.
The coach was carrying Stamford Rugby players back from a tournament and it is understood Seb fell from an emergency door. Seb, of Wansford, was among a group of 20 children and 10 adults on the bus, which included his father Nick. His mother Tracey was following in a convoy behind the coach.
An ambulance service spokesman said a rapid response car, two ambulances and an ambulance officer were sent to the scene.
The spokesman said: “There was also a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon on scene and a Consultant Neurologist who happened to be travelling behind the coach when it happened and in fact they both travelled with the ambulance staff and did a fantastic job.
“Without the work of everyone at the scene it is unlikely the child would have survived to hospital.
“The staff worked as a team and took the child to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and went straight into theatre. Following this, he was transferred to Addenbrooke’s for further specialist care.”
Chairman of Stamford Rugby Club, Neil Jolly said the awards were well deserved.
He said: “What they did at the time was act quickly and professionally and probably went a long way to keeping Seb where he is now. It’s at times like this when you really appreciate how good they are.
“Any award that they receive for their efforts, we congratulate them on and we welcome any recognition they receive for what they did on the day and what they do generally.”
The awards were held at Tattersall’s Conference Centre in Newmarket and trust chief executive Dr Anthony Marsh said it was an opportunity to “recognise and celebrate the hard work, dedication and commitment of our wonderful ambulance staff and volunteers”.
He added: “Not many people can say that they work for an organisation that saves lives every day, but we do, and hundreds of thousands of patients benefit from the care they get from us every year.
“I started my career in the ambulance service more than 27 years ago, so I know what a difficult job our staff and volunteers have.”
Earlier this month, Stamford Rugby Club held it’s mini-rugby festival in honour of Seb.