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

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

Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 11:57 am
Updated Thursday, 6th December 2018, 9:55 am
Laura (left) with Oliver and Suzanne

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.

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“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.”