"Thank you for saving my life"

After seven-year-old Tami suffered a heart attack in the middle of the night he was left with a brain injury.

The police were the first to arrive on the scene and were able to resuscitate him before the ambulance arrived.

Seven months later, the police officers on the scene were reunited with Tami.

Eleanor Hunt, our information officer, was fortunate enough to be there with them during their emotional reunion. This is her account:

On 10 December three police officers arrived at The Children’s Trust. They were carrying with them a small teddy bear, dressed also as a policeman. As we walked down towards Tami’s accommodation, they spoke of the night they first encountered him and the connection they felt to him since they have children of their own who were a similar age. PC Bengree described to us the moment when they arrived at house: "As soon as we arrived, Tami’s mother came running out clearly distressed and in tears. We rushed into his bedroom and saw Tami still and lifeless on his bed.    "We immediately knew that every second counted and so Darren and I began CPR.” Police Sergeant Allan Shields then arrived shortly after to provide support. He said: "I went into the bedroom and saw both officers performing CPR. The paramedic soon arrived with the defibrillator but he could not fit inside the small box room, so PC Bengree attached it and delivered the first shock. "After the first shock we waited for any sign of life, but there was nothing. We continued chest compression and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for at least ten minutes before delivering the second vital shock. “At this point we were all praying silently for this little boy’s heart to start. Surely enough a faint heart beat was detected and Tami took his first breath which filled the room with hope and relief. Whilst we understood that Tami was not yet out of danger, we knew that we had given him the first and most important lifeline.” This was the last time they had seen Tami so they were all very anxious to see how he was getting on now. Once we arrived, we eagerly awaited the arrival of Tami and his mum, Cynthia. Tami effortlessly wheeled himself into the room and everyone was overjoyed to see how well he was doing! “Thank you for saving my life” he whispered.Tami and the police officers that saved his life These words had such a huge impact on everyone in the room. Police Sergeant Shields said "as police officers we learn to deal with our emotions, but when we heard Tami’s first words they touched us with raw and deep emotion.” The police officers then presented Tami with the teddy bear, an early Christmas present, which he loved and promptly renamed from Bobby to Timmy. Tami then showed the policemen his room and proudly placed Timmy on his bed. Cynthia was also able to properly express her gratitude to the police for what they did that night. “I was delighted to finally come face-to-face with the officers who saved my sons life.  Had it not been for them, Tami probably wouldn’t be here today. “That whole night was a nightmare and a complete blur and I couldn’t thank them properly, so thank you for everything you did for me and my family. “The day this happened, Tami had been to school and he was completely healthy. His whole life changed in a split second but I am so pleased that when he woke up in hospital he remembered who we were. “Thanks to all the hard work of the police, emergency services, The Children’s Trust and, of course, Tami himself, he is recovering really well." Police Sergeant Shields said "Tami’s determination and bravery is simply remarkable. It’s unbelievable when you witness how much strength this a little boy has and how he will not give up on learning all the things any seven year olds do. “We will never forget Tami and the inspiration he has shown us all." As a result of saving Tami’s life, Police Constables Edward Bengree and Darren Greenall as well as Police Sergeant Allan Shields all due to receive awards  for  ‘Successful Resuscitation’  from the Royal Humane Society.  I felt very fortunate to be able to be a part of such an amazing reunion and it was great to see the hard work of the police pay off in such a positive way. Tami’s story is remarkable and we are so pleased he is on the road to recovery. by Eleanor Hunt Eleanor Hunt the Information Officer
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