Baby who had 'stopped breathing and was turning blue' is saved by quick-thinking Wigan woman

Laura (left) with Oliver and Suzanne
Laura (left) with Oliver and Suzanne

A Wigan woman has been hailed a hero for saving a baby’s life.


Suzanne Sheldon, who works as a bank auxiliary nurse for Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, leapt into action to revive one-year-old Oliver Jayne, who had suffered a febrile convulsion, stopped breathing and was rapidly turning blue.

The Goose Green 36-year-old 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 Laura 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 Laura 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 Laura, while they waited for the ambulance.

The youngster, who was taken ill at stables in Aspull, has now made a full recovery.

Laura 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.”

Care worker Laura said: “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.”