Seven-year-old Jack praised after coming to rescue of injured man
13:30 26 June 2014
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A seven-year-old boy who rushed to help a stricken man who was bleeding heavily from a head injury after falling on the pavement has been praised for his actions.
Jack Carver, of Alexandra Way, Attleborough, was riding on a scooter around a footpath at Wayland Court in the town when he discovered the man lying on a path outside a bungalow.
The zimmer frame the elderly man was using had slipped off the edge of the pavement, causing him to fall.
The youngster, who attends Attleborough Infants School, immediately reported the discovery to his mother Willow Ball, 27, who had been following behind as they returned from a shopping trip.
She called for an ambulance while her husband Darren, 31, looked after the man and applied pressure to the wound on the back of his head.
Jack said he initially thought the man had fainted.
“I just said: ‘Why is there a man lying on the floor? Has he fainted or something?’ I did not know what had happened to him but I thought that he was bleeding,” Jack said.
“I went and told my mum. Then five people came and an ambulance and it was all sorted. I have never seen anything like that in my life, but I know what to do if anything like that happens in the future.”
Mrs Ball, who works at Chapel Road School in Attleborough, added: “He said: ‘Mummy, there’s a man lying on the ground covered in blood. He moved mummy, so he’s alive.’”
When the ambulance arrived, the boy then waved the emergency vehicle to the exact spot where the man was lying before waiting while the paramedics tended to the man.
The family then accompanied the man when he was taken back to his home at nearby Bramley Court, where they left him in the hands of the ambulance crews and returned home.
Mrs Ball added: “Jack’s quite a bouncy, lively child, so I am proud of him for the way he reacted and that he sat quietly and waited while the man was treated.”
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We understand from the 999 caller that it was a child who discovered the injured gentleman and it’s great that he acted so quickly to get help when it was needed. It’s really important that children know what to do when they come across an emergency so people can quickly get the right help. Our ambulance crew were able to close the man’s head wound at the scene.”
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