Paramedic urges kids to wear a cycle helmet following Jessica's horror injury
Fractured skull and bleed on the brain
A paramedic who helped save an eight-year-old County Durham girl
who fractured her skull while playing on her bike is urging all
parents to make sure their children wear cycle-helmets.
Jessica Thornton was on her pushbike in August trying to go down
some steps at an underpass close to her home at Pine Street,
Chester le Street, when she came off her push-bike - banging her
head into the ground.
Because she wasn't wearing a helmet she suffered a fractured
skull, resulting in bleeding on the brain.
The North East Ambulance Service's Hazardous Area Response Team
was quickly on the scene, along with a crew from Chester le
Jessica spent a week in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Hospital,
including a spell in intensive care - but has since made a full
Mum Tina said: "It was such a shock when I heard what had
happened to Jessica. She's a lovely girl, but going down the steps
was too fast for her and she came off.
"Thankfully the paramedics turned up really quickly and I can't
thank them enough for what they did at the scene and for getting
her to hospital so quickly."
Jessica, her mum and friends held a fundraising walk for the
paediatrics department of the RVI on Saturday 25th
October, starting at the scene of Jessica's accident.
James Kidman, the HART who attended Jessica, said: "The quick
decision to get her transported to RVI and the treatment she
received at the scene probably avoided a life threatening brain
"Jessica had gone over the handle bars and hit her head
according to her friends, and when I arrived she was curled up, as
if she was asleep or dreaming. There were no obvious injuries.
"I have a child similar age to this one and it was horrifying to
see the results of no helmet and the fears of injuries she might of
"Our Chester le Street crew attended the scene, and they did a
great job. I would urge all parents to make sure their children
wear helmets when out on their bikes - especially with the dark