May 26th, 2011
An 18-year-old woman from Devon has won a first aid award for helping a cyclist that was impaled on a railing. Ilfracombe’s Izzy Brookes was awarded the St John Ambulance Young First Aider of the Year award for helping fellow 18 year-old Ben Foulds, who was involved in a cycling accident. “I saw a cyclist hit the railing and fall over the edge and went to see if there was anything I could do,” the teenager told press. “He had a large section of railings in his side and severe head injuries,” she said. “Someone else was on the phone to the ambulance so I checked his breathing and his injuries. “I decided it was important to keep him still as I feared he had a spinal injury.” Mr Foulds, whose injuries included a broken back and swelling to the brain, has spent months undergoing rehabilitation in hospital since the accident. He can’t remember from the day of the accident, but was apparently delighted to hear that Miss Brookes had been recognised for her actions.