Mum Sheila knew Billy, who was 12 at the time, wasn’t well as he was cold and started to be sick through the night. The following morning, Billy’s legs buckled from underneath him.
Billy was in a critical condition when his mum called 111 and it became apparent to the call handler that Billy needed emergency medical help.
Paramedic Hayley and Emergency Medical Technician Mark were sent to help Billy. On seeing him, they knew his condition was life-threatening. They suspected he had sepsis and began to treat him accordingly. They took him to hospital on standby where he almost lost his fight for life.
Sheila said: “The ambulance crew were fantastic with Billy. He doesn’t like anybody fussing over him or anything near his face or arms. They talked to Billy and reassured him and built up an amazing rapport with him. They put him on oxygen as his levels were dangerously low and acted fast with their amazing treatment as we could all see he was deteriorating rapidly.
“It was confirmed very quickly at hospital that Billy had sepsis and we were told there was a chance he might not make it. I rang my husband Ian and had to tell him what was happening to our son and he rushed to hospital. It was devastating. Billy needed to go to a paediatric intensive care unit at Alder Hey, Liverpool and was transported in a special unit.”
Billy stayed in intensive care for four days before he was transferred to a ward in isolation and had to have fluid taken from his lungs.
Sheila recalls “Billy knows he nearly died, his sense of understanding is not fully there but he does know how poorly he was.”
Billy is now back at school and is doing fantastic. Sheila says that if it wasn’t for the quick thinking actions of Mark and Hayley, Billy wouldn’t be here now.
Billy and his sister Megan and mum Sheila have finally met with Mark and Hayley and it was an emotional reunion!