PC Karen Stanton – Most of you know that I am a police officer and have been for almost 16 years.
Well last Wednesday, the 20th June, I was just a Mum, a Mum who had just finished a 10 hour shift and was on her way for a walk with her 10 year old daughter when I came across a scene of total devastation, a parents worst nightmare.
I was the first person to the scene of an extremely serious road traffic accident. A 13 year old boy had been knocked off his bicycle, he landed head first and was unconscious bleeding profusely.
I was in Mum mode but, after ensuring my daughter was safe with a wonderful lady (who also blocked the road for me), I activated Police mode.
I had to reassure 8/10 other young boys and the driver of the van (who had stopped) that the boy (Jack) was going to be ok even though I could feel a serious compressed skull fracture and feared he would die in my arms.
I updated the call taker and ask for every available unit- that this was a potentially fatal road traffic collision.
12 minutes I reassured Jack while his fight or flight mode kicked in, ensuring he didn’t move. 12 minutes of my daughter watching her mum try to save the life of a boy she did not know. 12 minutes and finally everyone one was there. The Police and paramedics were MY heroes that day.
Jack was alive when I climbed back into my car with my arms covered in his blood. He was taken to hospital by helicopter.
I asked colleagues to keep me updated. To ring me, email me, to just update me. I expected the worst. I didn’t sleep all night.
I got an update the next morning, Jack was rushed to theatre for surgery- skull and spinal injuries.
Injuries that could’ve been lessened if he’d just had a helmet on.
Jack survived. He’s alive- a little walking miracle.
I’ve had contact with his Mum and she’s agreed that I can post this, she agrees entirely with the message I’m trying to share.
This isn’t a criticism to any parent it’s a reminder to us all- Helmets.
I don’t care if they’re not “cool” or that “none of my mates wear one.”
They’re our babies, our heartbeats, our world and we need to do everything we can to protect them- make them look “uncool” make them be the one out of the group that DOES wear a helmet- be that one parent that doesn’t get the call that his mum, Vicki, did last Wednesday, avoid waiting for answers while your child is in surgery not knowing if they’re going to come out of the other side.
I assure you that not one of Jacks friends thought he looked cool last Wednesday fighting for his life by the side of the road.
I met up with Jack and his Mum today, he’s got a long, long road to recovery but he will recover, he’s a very lucky boy.
Please share far and wide- please, from one parent to another, make sure your child wears a helmet whenever they’re out on a bicycle, this could’ve been a completely different outcome…..