GALLERY: Five-year-old boy who broke his leg says thank you to March paramedics who took care of him

Five year old Zac Colwell meets ambulance crew. March. Left: Ollie Barker paramedic, Zac Colwell and

Five year old Zac Colwell meets ambulance crew. March. Left: Ollie Barker paramedic, Zac Colwell and mum Jo Colwell. - Credit: Archant

WHEN his family walks into town he insists they take him past March ambulance station in the hope of meeting the paramedics who took care of him when he broke his leg.

Today, five-year-old Zac Colwell’s face lit up when he was given a tour of the station, on County Road, by paramedic Ollie Barber.

The Grantham youngster has been staying with his grandparents in Ireton Way, March, since he fractured his femur when he fell off his scooter on Woodlands Avenue on July 14.

But he has not forgotten the paramedics who took such great care of him.

He said: “The men who took care of me were really nice. When I was lying on the grass they told me to be like a spaceman and gave me spaceman gas which I held to my mouth all the way to the hospital.


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“I’ve decided I want to be a surgeon one day when I’m a lot bigger.”

Jo Colwell, his mother, said: “A paramedic arrived in a car within minutes and started to work on him. It was obvious by the look of the injury and his screams of pain that we would be going to hospital.

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“A few minutes later an ambulance arrived. All three staff involved were absolutely fantastic.

“I can not praise them highly enough for their calmness at efficiency which helped put us at ease.

“You hear a lot in the press about the ambulance service being criticised for bad response times but everybody was fantastic with us.

“Every time we walk into town he makes us walk past the ambulance station so he’s chuffed to bits about today.”

He has been wheelchair bound since the accident but had his cast taken off this week and will go back to Peterborough General Hospital in two weeks for a check up.

As his way of saying thank you, Zac designed posters for the ambulance station and brought in presents.

Mr Barber said: “You don’t do this job for the praise but you get a lot of pleasure when children are so excited about the ambulance service.”

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