Ambulance bosses have praised two quick-thinking teenage girls who went to the assistance of an elderly lady who collapsed in the street.
Sunderland College catering students Amber Kelly and Megan Hendricks, both 16, were waiting in Holmeside for their bus home to Ford Estate when they saw the lady slump to the ground in front of them.
I would like to commend these two young women, who showed great initiative and maturity in their care of this lady.North East Ambulance Service Emergency Care Clinical Manager Daryen Lemmon
“She just collapsed,” said Amber. “I rang the ambulance and we stopped with her until the ambulance came.
“We were just asking her how she was, making sure she was all right, giving her some water.”
Megan, who has recently completed a course with the National Citizenship Service which included first aid training, said: “It was a shock at first because it was a new experience.
“I panicked a little because I did not know what was happening, but I put her into the recovery position and Amber rang for the ambulance.”
Caitlin Johnson was aboard one of the buses that pulled up as the girls were waiting for an ambulance.
“I had just got off the bus and I saw the lady lying on the floor,” said 20-year-old Caitlin, from Hendon.
“I went to help and the girls were sat with her. The girl who was on the phone was asking questions from the ambulance service, and the lady was answering, but she was really quiet, so I was repeating the answers that she gave.
“They were both fantastic and I asked their names and where they went to school because I just wanted to give them the credit they deserve.
“They were really good. It is horrible when something like this happens and people just walk past.
“If it was you or one of your loved ones, you would want people to help.”
North East Ambulance Service emergency care clinical manager Daryen Lemmon, who was one of the first paramedics on the scene, said: “In this day and age, other teenagers may have just walked on by.
“I would like to commend these two young women, who showed great initiative and maturity in their care of this lady.
“When I arrived, they had covered her up with a coat and given her a drink of water. They were also holding her hand and keeping her calm.
“They and their families can be very proud.”
The elderly lady was taken to hospital for checks and is believed to have recovered.