Back in October Hollie was hit by a car, a pure accident, nobody was to blame not the driver or Hollie, it was if you like, a series of unfortunate events that day. You know those days, where you seem to have lots of choices and they lead to something horrible. Well we won’t forget the 29th October in a hurry.
” Hello is that Hollies mum” I answered yes and wondered what was going on as it was Hollies phone that had called me “now I don’t want you to panic but Hollie has been hit by a car, she’s awake and she needs you”( it was the bus driver).
I remember vividly standing at the shoe cupboard trying to take in what she was saying and where it had happened, I was looking at the shoes and just couldn’t find a pair, I was trying to figure out if this was some sort of joke because Hollie knows how to cross a road, she’s responsible and sensible, surely this was all wrong. It wasn’t. I ran out the house in a t-shirt with no bra on and my PJ bottoms, all I said to Sam who was left with the kids was that Hollie had been hit by a car, I left our house in what felt like a slow motion. I definitely broke the speed limit getting to her but I didn’t care, I had no idea what I was driving to and there’s no speed limit on earth that can stop a mum getting to her child when they need them.
I managed to beat the emergency services mainly because of the bus driver who had called me straight away, Hollie had got off her bus and she had seen it all, along with a lovely couple who were on the bus that had got off to help her. People are so kind and people want to help no matter what the media wants to us to think these days, the couple gave Hollie their coat to stop the bleeding on her head, they sat with her holding her hand and they did all they could to help her. I’m forever in debt to these wonderful people.
The emergency services were there seconds after me, along with the police and all of them were incredible, there were at least 5 paramedics, the way they dealt with her makes me so emotional to even think about it. That was my baby lying on the side of the road but I trusted them completely, they are the unsung heroes of this world, they work tirelessly missing time with their families to look after us. Just amazing people. The police officer was just as fantastic, she did her job throughly and followed me to the hospital she stayed with me till things had calmed down, partly to speak to Hollie but she kept me talking and I needed that at that point.
Hollie was classed as a trauma patient on entering A+E and was brought in on a spinal board, I can’t give you the exact amount of doctors and nurses that were waiting for her but there were plenty. It was busy, it was a Saturday night and they were under pressure. I have never witnessed such professionalism, one doctor held her head for 45 minutes, he was meant to of gone home an hour ago but he formed such a friendship with Hollie in those 45 minutes he didn’t leave her side until she went over to children’s 2 hours later. He was a young doctor and Hollie was panicking with all the noises and the amount of machines she was hooked up to, he totally kept her cool, calm and collected asking about her love of music, and school. All of the doctors and nurses that helped Hollie at that point were incredibly kind and patient.
Once she had been given the all clear for the serious stuff, she had her head stitched, her arm popped into a cast and we went off to the children’s ward for an over night stay. From start to finish at the Royal Berkshire Hospital we were totally cared for, nothing was too much trouble even though it was very clear how busy they were. We have the most fantastic NHS, we are so lucky.
I saw it from a different point of view that evening, I mean I’ve been to A+E lots of times but never in that situation, I’ve been the one waiting, being bored and wondering why it was taking so long. Now I realise they are actually dealing with emergencies, proper emergencies, they’re saving people lives. They are short-staffed, they are under pressure but not once did I see a sad face or feel like they didn’t want to be there. They looked after my daughter with everything they had and there are not enough words to write to explain how grateful I am to every single one of them.
Its been 3 months now and it still plays on my mind when she goes out, it was a massive learning curve for Hollie, most teenagers like to think they’re invincible the “it won’t happen to me” mentality, well, it can happen to anyone not just a teenager or a child. The nature of Hollies accident meant it really could of been anyone, on these dark foggy days and nights, take care, shout to your babies when they leave the house “watch the roads” no matter if they think your being over dramatic you’re not.
Show them these pictures, it took all my mum negotiating skills to get Hollie to agree to me using these pictures. But we both agreed people should see the dangers of what can happen when crossing a road.
Since then Hollie has won her house charity pitch at school and they are now raising money for the Adult and Childrens A+E department, I’m so incredibly proud that she managed to take what happened and use it to create something positive. I’m also incredibly proud of our emergency services and National Health Service, it really brings it home what wonderful caring people we have in this world.
I have included the less distressing pictures as we agreed that these showed Hollie once the panic was over. She needed some gas and air while they were stitching her up, of course she felt on top of the world with a bit of the magic gas. Below was day 2 of the swelling( it did get worse) then we have a recent photo which as you can see her scar is barely visible. Good old bio oil.