Ten-year-old girl meets the medic who flew to her aid


A ten-year-old girl has met the medic who flew to her aid after she was crushed between two vehicles. Romalli Lanagan, of Longbenton, North Tyneside, was at Morpeth Hunt Pony Club when a woman reversed her landrover and trapped the young girl between a second motor in July last year. She was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). Her mother, Lyndsay Lanagan, said: “I was just screaming.

A ten-year-old girl has met the medic who flew to her aid after she was crushed between two vehicles.

Romalli Lanagan, of Longbenton, North Tyneside, was at Morpeth Hunt Pony Club when a woman reversed her landrover and trapped the young girl between a second motor in July last year.

She was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Her mother, Lyndsay Lanagan, said: “I was just screaming. It was horrifying, but when the rapid response paramedic arrived and the air ambulance afterwards I knew she was in safe hands. The journey to hospital was so much quicker by air.” 

Despite initial concerns, Romalli was discharged from hospital the same night and suffered only bruising.

Ms Lanagan said: “You don’t think that you will ever need the air ambulance until you do. We are hugely grateful for the superb service they provide and we will always appreciate the help they gave us. A big thank you to the air ambulance team.”

GNAAS paramedic, Stuart Thompson said: “It’s always great to meet former patients. Romalli had a good look around the heli and sat in the pilot’s seat. I am pleased that she has made some new memories with the aircraft.”

The charity operate three aircraft across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and need around £4.5m to keep the service going every year. 

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