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Quick-thinking clerk praised for saving baby’s life

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Lauren Jayne (left) with son, Oliver, and Suzanne Sheldon (right)

A health records clerk from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has been praised for saving a baby’s life.

Suzanne Sheldon, who also works as a bank auxiliary nurse for the Trust, leapt into action to save one-year-old Oliver Jayne, who had suffered a febrile convulsion, stopped breathing and was rapidly turning blue.

Suzanne, 36, from Goose Green, Wigan, said; “My youngest daughter and I were going to the stables where I keep horses and decided to get off the bus stop a stop early when I saw Lauren run out of her house holding Oliver.

“My daughter also suffered from febrile convulsions so I recognised what was happening and quickly grabbed him from Lauren and held him across my knee.

“I hit him between the shoulder blades which made him cough up some mucus that had become lodged in his throat as he had been quite poorly with a temperature.”

As Oliver came round, mum-of-two, Suzanne, who works at the Trust’s Thomas Linacre Centre three days a week, stayed with them and kept him awake, and comforted Lauren, while they waited for the ambulance.

Lauren Jayne, 27, from Aspull, said; “We were celebrating Oliver’s first birthday that same day but he had been quite poorly and not himself.

“When he started having a fit and choking, I just picked him up and ran outside screaming for someone to help which is when Suzanne ran over – I don’t really remember much else I think I was just in shock.”

Lauren, a care worker, added; “I’m used to seeing people choke and have fits because of my job but it’s completely different when it’s your child, I just panicked.

“He’s absolutely brilliant now; you wouldn’t know anything had happened.

“I’ll be forever grateful that Suzanne came to our rescue.”


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