“I Just Want Him to Know that He did Save Her Life, and if It Wasn’t for Him I Wouldn’t have a Little Girl Any More”



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On 17 September 2013 in Gosberton, Lincolnshire, England, Beckie Thompson, a 21-year-old trainee nurse, lost control of her car while swerving to avoid a van. Her car went into a water-filled ditch, and her four-month-old daughter, Imogen, was underwater for what witnesses estimated to be four minutes. When Imogen was pulled from the water, she was blue and appeared to be lifeless. Ms. Thompson handed Imogen to a woman who had stopped. Ms. Thompson said, “She laid her on the riverbank, and a lad, luckily, just laid her out and started doing CPR. He was crying, he was very upset. To be honest, I don’t think anybody expected her to wake up.” For two or three minutes, the mystery man gave Imogen CPR. Ms. Thompson said, “Then she [Imogen] made a noise, and then he started to cry a little bit more, but kept going until she was screaming. The emergency services told the lady that was on the phone, if she’s crying that’s the best sign that she can give.” Imogen was airlifted to a hospital, but the mystery man left before anyone could get his name or contact information. Ms. Thompson said, “He’s left no information or anything with the police or anything, so I just want him to know that he did save her life, and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have a little girl any more. I owe her life to him, so I am really, really grateful.”

For Further Information: “Mystery man saves ‘lifeless’ baby from drowning.” BBC. 3 October 2013


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