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Every mother's worst nightmare

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

Little Alex, centre, with his mum Emma and sisters Joselyn and Hannah thank crew member Stuart Croft.

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AS A MOTHER it was a moment she will never forget – seeing her 18-month-old son trapped beneath a Land Rover.

Emma Langstaff, from Looe, her husband and two daughters Hannah, 7, and Joselyn, 5, were enjoying a May afternoon in Boconnoc when they heard the panicked sounds of toddler Alex.

The inquisitive little boy had stood behind the vehicle, which had then reversed.

Witnesses thought that Alex had been gravely injured.

Knowing they were miles from both the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro and Derriford Hospital, Plymouth – and with her son in her husband's arms – Emma called 999 and the Cornwall air ambulance was dispatched.

"After the longest 16 minutes of my life we heard the helicopter," she said. "The paramedics greeted us with sense, speed and efficiency."

"The paramedics were brilliant. They were really reassuring throughout."

Alex, who will be celebrating his second birthday this month, suffered a fractured rib, bruising on his lungs and lots of abrasions but made a full recovery.

Stuart Croft, one of the paramedics who airlifted Alex, said: "Seeing Alex healthy and happy makes this job worthwhile, it's what it's all about."

Emma added: "Who knows how it would have turned out if it hadn't been for the air ambulance."

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