‘Thank-you for your help’

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The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was ran over by a car has thanked the woman who performed first aid on her daughter before emergency services arrived.

Rachel Gallagher’s daughter, Shannon, was knocked down by a vehicle on Marton Gate outside Headlands School, Bridlington, on her way home from school.

Shannon sustained a blow to the head and first aider Lou Kilburn stopped her car to offer her services to the child as she was on her way to picking her children up, something which mother Rachel is grateful for.

Rachel posted on the Bridlington Free Press Facebook Page on Saturday afternoon to respond to all the well-wishers and gave an update of Shannon’s condition.

She said: “She is doing really well. A broken cheekbone and a few bumps and bruises, but is nearly ready to leave the hospital. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who wished my daughter well and also the biggest thank you to Lou Kilburn who knew exactly what to do to help Shannon at that time.

“There aren’t many people who would do that. Thank you so much.”

Shannon was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough to receive treatment to her injuries.

First aider, Lou Kilburn said: “I was driving past to pick my children up from school when I saw the girl lying on the floor. I pulled over and wanted to help like any mother.

“I did what any other human would have done and performed basic first aid until the ambulance arrived.”

Now Mrs Kilburn is keen to send out the message to fellow parents and children of all ages to be careful when around roads.

The Mrs Kilburn added: “The message is there loud and clear kids.

“I’m pointing no fingers in this instance, but the children are far too blasé when it comes to road safety. There are kids playing chicken and there are kids that just step right out in paths of cars.

“Next time someone may not be as lucky.

“Parents need to speak to their children and children need to take care near a road, regardless of age.

“If you come up against a car then the car will win.

“Seeing her in the road brought it home to me that it could have been my child.”

Mrs Kilburn has also received a personal thank-you from mother and daughter, Rachel and Shannon.