A couple whose toddler daughter was involved in a horrific accident are holding a Family Fun Day in Sprowston to thank the medical charity whose volunteer’s expertise saved her foot.
The event, at Sprowston Sports and Social Club, will be held on May 27 – exactly a year after Amelia Duncan (pictured) was seriously injured.
One-year-old Amelia was playing in the family garden while her dad Ben was cutting the grass, using a ride-on lawn mower.
The tot ran into the machine’s path and was caught underneath it. When Ben lifted it off her, Amelia’s terrified parents saw that her right leg had been deeply gashed by the lawn mower’s blades.
They rang 999 and first on the scene was an ambulance crewed by two paramedics and a student paramedic.
As they rushed Amelia to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn – the nearest to the family’s home in Wisbech – the ambulance was met en route by critical care paramedic Carl Smith, a volunteer with the charity Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS).
Doctors and paramedics who volunteer with NARS have received extra training to provide specialised trauma care.
Carl assessed Amelia and realised that to save her foot she would need specialist plastic surgery, carried out at a major regional trauma hospital like Addenbrooke’s, in Cambridge, and so the ambulance took the little girl there instead.
Over the next three weeks Amelia underwent seven operations, including major surgery on her second birthday, three days after the accident. Today she is making good progress but still has a scar on her leg.
NARS receives no funding from the government or NHS and relies entirely on public donations and Ben and his wife Tracy, who have two older children as well, want to say ‘thank you’ by raising as much money as possible for the charity at the Sprowston event.
They own BT’s Roadshow, which provides a range of equipment for parties and events, including bouncy castles which will feature at the fun day, together with stalls, face painting and many other attractions.
Ben said: “We would like as many people as possible to come along and support this fantastic cause. These fantastic people saved our daughter, along with amazing paramedics.”
He added: “Amelia isn’t fully recovered and may need further operations and will be under Addenbrooke’s for many more years to come.
“We are holding the fun day at Sprowston as there is a good community spirit there and we do a lot of events throughout the year for them.”