Neighbour nurse to rescue in baby alert

Nurse Angie Bose holds baby Carmel with neighbour Alan Widdows, right, pictured with, from left, Carmel's brother Vinnie, nine, dad Steven Poole and mum Rachel Booth
Nurse Angie Bose holds baby Carmel with neighbour Alan Widdows, right, pictured with, from left, Carmel's brother Vinnie, nine, dad Steven Poole and mum Rachel Booth

A Wyre district nurse saved the life of her neighbour’s baby when she suddenly stopped breathing.

Angie Bose rushed around to help her neighbour Rachael Booth when baby Carmel Poole, who was just one month old, stopped breathing.

Mum-of-five Rachael says it is a “miracle” that she can celebrate Christmas with her baby after Angie and other neighbours rushed to her aid.

She dialled 999 and asked Carmel’s nine-year-old brother Vinnie Cryer to run from their home to get help from neighbours.

Alan Widdows and Angie Bose, who works in Garstang as a district nurse, carried out CPR on Carmel until paramedics arrived. And after spending six days in hospital, Carmel is now back at home and doing well.

Rachael, 27, said: “I’m just so lucky to have her and to celebrate Christmas knowing that we have her. It’s a miracle really.”

Angie, 45, was getting ready for work when Vinnie knocked on her door.

She said: “He asked if I was a nurse and I said yes and he said, ‘Quick, quick, come, you need to help us’.

“I went to the house. I saw little Carmel on the floor, not looking well at all, not breathing. I did routine checks and did CPR on her.

“I had to breathe for her and do compressions.”

Carmel started to breathe a little and making some noise, but Angie continued doing CPR until the paramedics arrived at the house in Chorley and took over.

Carmel was diagnosed with bronchiolitis, a lower respiratory tract infection which was serious due to her age.

She was allowed to go home six days later and is now doing well.