Teenager thanks off-duty paramedic who saved her life

Echo: Danielle Dresou, 19, with mum Julie and paramedic Nikki Wyatt Danielle Dresou, 19, with mum Julie and paramedic Nikki Wyatt

A TEENAGER has thanked an off-duty paramedic for saving her life after she was hit by a car.

Danielle Dresou, 19, was run over and suffered terrible head injuries after the accident outside her home in Caledonia Lane, Wickford.

Luckily for Danielle, who was lying unconscious in the road, off-duty paramedic Nikki Wyatt, 38, was passing the scene and saw Danielle and a woman waving for help.

Nikki, who stayed at the scene for an hour and helped the first responder with treatment, crucially turned Danielle from her back onto her side to clear her airway and help her breathe.

Danielle and her mum Julie have now been reunited with Nikki, who has been a paramedic for 12 years, to say thank you in person.

Danielle, who works at Swallow Aquatics in Wickford, said: “I have no memory of the crash and couldn’t remember Nikki at all but it was amazing to finally meet her. I can’t thank her enough because she saved my life.

“I am back to work two days a week and trying to get back to normal. I still suffer from headaches but each day is better. I can’t believe after everything that happened I am still here.”

Danielle was taken to Basildon Hospital for tests which revealed she had a bleed on the brain and she was immediately transferred to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, where she was put in an induced coma for five days.

After ten days in hospital Danielle’s parents went in search of Nikki and through family friends they found out she lived just five minutes away and took her chocolates and flowers to thank her for what she’d done.

 After meeting Danielle and Julie, Nikki, who is a mother of two, said: “I was really chuffed to see them both.

"They were so appreciative and gave me a hug and I truly believe we’ll be friends for life.

“In the 12 years I’ve been in this job, I’ve never been thanked like that. It was just great to know that Danielle is OK and that I helped in some way, it was totally humbling

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9:18am Mon 28 Jan 13

Walt Jabsco says...

Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves.
Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves. Walt Jabsco

1:59pm Mon 28 Jan 13

emcee says...

Walt Jabsco wrote:
Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves.
The paramedic who attended was off-duty and Ms Dresou was, indeed, lucky that she was passing by. There is no mention in the article of how long the response time was for the on-duty paramedic or ambulance so your comment regarding response times was not relevant in this case.
This story is about two people, a person in need and a person who was able to help, not the ambulance service.
Well done Nikki and good luck Danielle.
[quote][p][bold]Walt Jabsco[/bold] wrote: Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves.[/p][/quote]The paramedic who attended was off-duty and Ms Dresou was, indeed, lucky that she was passing by. There is no mention in the article of how long the response time was for the on-duty paramedic or ambulance so your comment regarding response times was not relevant in this case. This story is about two people, a person in need and a person who was able to help, not the ambulance service. Well done Nikki and good luck Danielle. emcee

2:46pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Cosmo Spring says...

emcee wrote:
Walt Jabsco wrote:
Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves.
The paramedic who attended was off-duty and Ms Dresou was, indeed, lucky that she was passing by. There is no mention in the article of how long the response time was for the on-duty paramedic or ambulance so your comment regarding response times was not relevant in this case.
This story is about two people, a person in need and a person who was able to help, not the ambulance service.
Well done Nikki and good luck Danielle.
hear hear!
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walt Jabsco[/bold] wrote: Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves.[/p][/quote]The paramedic who attended was off-duty and Ms Dresou was, indeed, lucky that she was passing by. There is no mention in the article of how long the response time was for the on-duty paramedic or ambulance so your comment regarding response times was not relevant in this case. This story is about two people, a person in need and a person who was able to help, not the ambulance service. Well done Nikki and good luck Danielle.[/p][/quote]hear hear! Cosmo Spring

7:01pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Walt Jabsco says...

Cosmo Spring wrote:
emcee wrote:
Walt Jabsco wrote:
Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves.
The paramedic who attended was off-duty and Ms Dresou was, indeed, lucky that she was passing by. There is no mention in the article of how long the response time was for the on-duty paramedic or ambulance so your comment regarding response times was not relevant in this case.
This story is about two people, a person in need and a person who was able to help, not the ambulance service.
Well done Nikki and good luck Danielle.
hear hear!
Sorry if my post was slightly off topic, no disrespect intended to a nice story, - I was just very very surprised at the Echo reporting a Paramedic in good light for once, that hasn't happened on here for a long time.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmo Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walt Jabsco[/bold] wrote: Great to see The Echo giving some recognition to a Paramedic rather than consistently knocking them for poor response times which are due to budget cuts and not the Paramedics themselves.[/p][/quote]The paramedic who attended was off-duty and Ms Dresou was, indeed, lucky that she was passing by. There is no mention in the article of how long the response time was for the on-duty paramedic or ambulance so your comment regarding response times was not relevant in this case. This story is about two people, a person in need and a person who was able to help, not the ambulance service. Well done Nikki and good luck Danielle.[/p][/quote]hear hear![/p][/quote]Sorry if my post was slightly off topic, no disrespect intended to a nice story, - I was just very very surprised at the Echo reporting a Paramedic in good light for once, that hasn't happened on here for a long time. Walt Jabsco

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