Girl thanks the medic who helped save her

Stepdad Phillip McKellow, mum Lyndsay Lanagan, Romalli Lanagan and Stuart Thompson.
Stepdad Phillip McKellow, mum Lyndsay Lanagan, Romalli Lanagan and Stuart Thompson.

A young girl has thanked the medic who helped save her after she was trapped between two cars.

Romalli Lanagan, of Longbenton, was at Morpeth Hunt Pony Club when a woman reversed her Land Rover and trapped the ten-year-old between a second motor on July 21 last year.

I am pleased that she has made some new memories with the aircraft

GNAAS paramedic Stuart Thompson

Romalli was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

And last week she met GNAAS paramedic Stuart Thompson and had a look around an air ambulance.

Stuart said: “It’s always great to meet former patients.

“Romalli had a good look around the heli and sat in the pilot’s seat. I am pleased that she has made some new memories with the aircraft.”

Speaking about the accident, her mother, Lyndsay Lanagan, said: “I was just screaming. It was horrifying, but when the rapid response paramedic arrived and the air ambulance I knew she was in safe hands. The journey to hospital was so much quicker by air.”

Despite initial concerns, Romalli was discharged from hospital the same night and suffered only bruising.

Ms Lanagan said: “You don’t think that you will ever need the air ambulance until you do.

“We are hugely grateful for the superb service they provide and we will always appreciate the help they gave us.

“A big thank you to the air ambulance team.”