Proud parents Stewart and Karen James have been full of praise for the decisive actions of their children who brought help to their injured mum.
Karen was at Hartsholme Country Park in Lincoln on Monday with daughter Sarina, 8, and son Joel, 12, as an end of school holidays treat.
Husband Stewart was at work in the city and explained that his wife was trying to take a photo of the children on a new spinning swing when she stepped forward to get a better shot.
He said: “With her eye to the lens she lost perception of distance and the swing hit her. She spun round and fell to the ground knocking her out.”
Joel has cerebral palsy and they helped each other off the swing to find their mum out cold. Calmly Sarina first asked a passer-by where they were exactly (the bystander thought they were just playing) and then found her mum’s mobile phone and called their dad who rushed to the scene as quickly as possible, telling Sarina to phone for an ambulance. Meanwhile boy scout Joel checked Karen’s breathing but could not wake her, until she finally began to come round, still very groggy.
Stewart also called the park ranger on the way, who arrived at the same time as the ambulance and stayed with the children. He said: “They were still working on my wife when I got there and the ambulance crew had nothing but praise for the children, saying they had done exactly the right thing. They weren’t in familiar surroundings so they did really well to keep calm.”
Relieved Stewart said Karen was later released from Lincoln County Hospital and is now at home in Malvern Close, Sleaford, nursing a big bruise having suffered a nasty whack on the back of the head and concussion: “They dealt with it all by themselves and I was amazed by their calmness. Karen was out for the count for six or seven minutes and it is a big place. It was only when I arrived that Sarina finally burst into tears.
“The ambulance guy sat them down and said they had done so well. They organised the whole rescue.”