A four-year-old boy with learning difficulties has been reunited with the paramedics called out to help him when he fell ill earlier this year.
Theo Heyworth-Hill’s frantic grandmother dialled 999 from her car when the youngster’s head suddenly dropped and he became unresponsive during a seizure.
Paramedic Osian Parry, from Blackpool, travelled with little Theo in the car to hospital because he didn’t want to be moved into an ambulance, which followed behind.
And despite Theo struggling with new people, the pair have developed a close bond – with Osian now invited to Theo’s fifth birthday party.
Speaking from Blackpool’s ambulance station in South Shore, Osian said: “It’s very humbling for Theo to come back and say thank you, especially when he has a history of not being able to speak to doctors or nurses.
“It’s great to see him so happy and healthy.”
Theo was given a tour of an ambulance and even got to turn on the blue lights after sitting in the driver’s seat.
He was presented with a goody bag by staff from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), with a squishy ambulance and paramedic inside.
Daley Thompson, an emergency medical dispatcher from Wigan, managed to call Theo’s distressed nan Angela down after she dialled 999.
During the call, which was recorded, she desperately pleaded for help as she counted his breaths, and could be heard saying: “Oh my God, I can’t get him to wake. Theo! Theo! Please, darling.”
He said: “It’s great to be able to see Theo after helping his grandmother on the phone when he was poorly.
“It’s sometimes very difficult not being able to see what’s happening but seeing Theo today makes me very proud to work with the ambulance service.”