Baby girl who went blue and nearly died reunited with ambulance heroes
An 11-month-old baby girl from Lincolnshire who developed sepsis and went blue in the middle of the night has been reunited with the ambulance team who came to her rescue.
Peggy Bradford had been poorly for a couple of days and was in bed at home in Bourne when her parents Craig and Emma went in to check on her at 3.40am and realised something was seriously wrong.
Lorry driver Craig, 31, who was getting up for work, put the light on and realised Peggy was grey and her lips had gone blue.
Mum Emma, 28, said: “Peggy had been unwell, so I decided to have her laying on me in our bedroom. She was agitated and didn’t go to sleep until midnight.
“When Craig turned on the light I saw that Peggy was completely blue and her lips were grey, so we immediately dialed 999.”
Call handler Bryan Cox answered the 999 call and provided the couple with reassurance and that help was on the way.
Bryan said: "Mum was obviously very concerned for her daughter. I stayed on the phone with her until the crew arrived and kept her as calm as possible.
"I used to work in A&E for a number of years but now I don't get to work with patients face-to-face so it's fabulous to get the chance to have this reunion and it's heart warming to see Peggy is healthy."
Newly qualified Paramedic Rhys Collings and Technician Lee Knowles arrived on the scene.
Rhys, who had only been qualified for three months, said: "It was quite overwhelming even though we are prepared and trained for these situations.
"Peggy had a non-blanching rash and a high temperature and heart rate. These symptoms, coupled with photophobia (hypersensitivity to light), meant we were querying sepsis or meningitis."
Rhys and Lee treated Peggy with antibiotics and rushed her to Peterborough City Hospital.
Since this harrowing situation, Emma and Craig have undergone CPR training.
Craig said: "We were so underprepared at the time and we realised that it would be a handy thing to know should this ever happen again and we can do what we need do to help our girls while help is on the way.
Identical twins Peggy and Beatrix were conceived via IVF treatment and mum Emma thinks the ambulance crew did more than just save Peggy's life that day.
She said: "The twins are so close. The thought of Beatrix growing up without Peggy is just awful, simply unbearable to think about.
"I really appreciate the crew taking the time out of their day so that myself and Craig can thank them from the bottom of my heart for what they have done.
"Without them and East Midlands Ambulance Service, we wouldn't have a healthy and happy 16-month-old playing with her twin sister today."