Young emergency service enthusiast with epilepsy visits station

PMU Huntingdon

“I’ve only remembered one whole day when she has not had a seizure; the ambulance service has played a massive part in her life. I forget how many countless times she’s been in an ambulance, ” explains Debbie Conrad.

Debbie Conrad is standing next to her husband Chris as they look on at their gleeful daughter, Lucy, sat in the front of the ambulance. On 9th April, Lucy and her family brighten up a grey, wet day by visiting Huntingdon Ambulance Station.

Lucy,14, has severe epilepsy, which means it cannot be controlled by drugs and because of this, has had Developmental Delay since birth. Every day is a challenge but one that Lucy and her family tackle head-on.

Debbie, of St. Neots, said: “She loves life and lives it to the full. Her ethos and our ethos is not what we can’t do, it’s how can we do it.”

Lucy had been invited to Huntingdon Ambulance Station by Graham Hillman,Senior Emergency Medical Technician, and Nick Hill,Senior Paramedic,  who gave up their free time to host Lucy and her family.

Graham and Nick were called out to attend to Lucy in February (2018) during a seizure. Once coherent, Lucy's gratitude and passion for the work of the ambulance service was there for all to see, they said

Graham, who is based at Huntingdon, said: “Lucy is enthusiastic about anything blue light orientated. We thought it would be a nice thing to do to not only recognise her passion for the service but also we felt it would be a great way to help tackle any fears of being in the back of an ambulance. We hope we can give Lucy some happy memories in an ambulance during a time that can be quite distressing for her.”

Lucy had the opportunity to look around the ambulance before taking a drive around the carpark, sat up front, while wearing a high-vis jacket and helmet. She was presented with a certificate to commemorate the day as well as a teddy bear sporting a matching high-vis jacket. She named the bear ‘NHS Bear’.

“Lucy has been looking forward to this all week, Last night she didn’t go to sleep till 11.30pm because of excitement, This morning she didn’t eat breakfast as she wanted just to come meet Graham and Nick and bring them chocolates, ” Debbie commented.

When Lucy’s visit came to an end she was chaperoned through the ambulance station, embracing and thanking anyone in green who crossed her path. She declared that she, one day would like to work for the NHS and the ambulance service to help people just like her.

Debbie added: “Today’s visit had been so important to Lucy to learn that the ambulance service is not only there when she is poorly but for the community as well. We can't thank you enough.”

Published 17th April


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