A four-year-old girl is urging people to show their support for the medics who saved her life after she was hit by a car and left in a coma.
Jessica Wellborn, four, from Earls Barton is backing the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s Christmas Appeal after a terrible accident left her gravely injured earlier this year, but the quick work of air ambulance team helped save her life and see her home in time for Christmas.
Jess and her mum and dad had just been to a christening when without warning, the youngster ran into the road and straight into the path of a car.
Her mum, Katie, was immediately at her side.
She said: “Her eyelids were going – eyelids fluttering.
“She lost consciousness, then she came round but was not responding.
The air ambulance saved her lifeMum Katie
“She did not recognise us.
“She was not looking at us – just staring.”
Jess’ nan, a nurse, dashed to the scene to help.
She had suffered grazing to her face and leg, a buckle fracture to her leg and a serious head injury.
East Midlands Ambulance Service’s rapid response car was soon on the scene, followed by the land ambulance and police, who closed the road so the air ambulance could land.
Jess’ injuries were so severe that both Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and their sister service Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance arrived on-scene, bringing skilled medical help including a trauma doctor.
Jess was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
She had suffered two serious bleeds to her brain as well as swelling and bruising.
The Glasgow Coma Scale is a 3-15 scale used to judged brain injury, with scores under eight being the most serious injuries.
Jess was a nine at the scene and by the time she reached the hospital, she was at a three.
Doctors warned she may not walk or talk again.
Just a few days after she arrived at the hospital, Jess was woken from her coma.
Her mum said: “I asked her – Do you know mummy is here? - She squeezed my hand.
“I was so relieved I broke down.”
Over the following weeks, Jess had to learn to swallow, talk, sit up, stand and walk again.
But amazingly, the determined little girl was out of hospital just 18 days after her accident.
Now Jess is happy and healthy and she wants to raise money for the service that helped save her life.
Her mum said: “It means the world that the air ambulance could be there that day – the doctors have told me that if she had travelled by road she wouldn’t have made it.
“The air ambulance saved her life.”
To donate to Jess’ Christmas Appeal, go to www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/ChristmasAppeal or call the charity on 08454 130999.
For more information the charity’s work and services, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.