Praise for her quick actions

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A day centre manager has spoken of how her first aid training helped save a young boy hit by a van.

Linda Scarr, from Shiremoor, had dropped her daughter off at Monkseaton High School on March 3, and saw commotion outside West Monkseaton Metro station where teenager Alex Brown had been hit.

When I met Alex, he said thank you for saving my life which made me feel very proud

Linda Scarr

The 43-year-old, a manager Ashington Day Centre run by St John Ambulance, held Alex’s hand and chatted to him to calm him down, removing his backpack which was putting pressure on a shoulder injury.

Linda said: “My first aid training kicked in immediately. I could see that he had a broken ankle as the bone was protruding.

“When I met Alex, he said thank you for saving my life which made me feel very proud to be able to help and very grateful that I had the first aid skills to act with a happy outcome.”

Two teachers at the incident called for an ambulance and when the paramedics arrived, Linda was able to brief them on Alex’s injuries and after they had splinted his legs she helped them transfer him to a stretcher and into the ambulance.

Linda added: “First aid can be the difference between life and death, but isn’t always about medical treatment.

“It can empower you to act in an emergency situation and give you the confidence to take action when others wouldn’t know what to do.

“I simply ensured Alex was cared for and reassured him that help was on the way.

“My first aid training kicked in and I was able to assess the situation quickly and calmly to ensure Alex was in no further danger of injury that could have been life threatening.

“I would urge anyone to get first aid trained, it’s so simple to learn and saves lives.”

Alex, who had 12 pins and two plates in his leg, said: “I don’t know what would have happened if a St John Ambulance First Aider hadn’t been passing.

“I was in loads of pain and was trying to move, but Linda held my hand and told me to squeeze her hand when the pain got too bad and that helped me a lot.

“She told me not to move as that might make my injuries worse and she was also chatting and asking me questions which also helped to take my mind off the pain.

“She took my bag to keep it safe and stayed with me in the road until the ambulance came.

“I am now making a full recovery and will be back to school soon, but I won’t ever forget what she did for me.”