Hero youngster helps save two-year-old sister from drowning in garden pond

Natalie Cope with children Jamie and Amelia Isherwood

Natalie Cope with children Jamie and Amelia Isherwood

First published in News

A TWO-year-old girl owes her life to her hero brother who raised the alarm when she fell in a garden pond.

Amelia Isherwood was pulled from the fish pond at the rear of her grandparents’ home by her mum who was alerted by her four-year-old brother Jamie’s desperate screams.

The Leigh St Gabriel’s nursery pupil had discovered his sister floating under the surface of the 5ft-deep pond.

Amelia had wandered off while relatives enjoyed a barbecue in the front garden.

Mum, Natalie Cope, aged 25, of Westminster Drive, Higher Folds, Leigh, said: “We had locked the patio door but left the side gate unsecured when I took the dog for a walk with my mum and Amelia must have wandered into the back garden.

“We had just arrived back when I heard Jamie screaming hysterically. I followed him and saw Amelia submerged and lying face-up, “I was screaming but pulled her out, bent her over and gave her a good whack on the back and she coughed. She had swallowed loads of water.”

Natalie’s sister-in-law Suzanne Churnside and dad Gary Cope helped to resuscitate Amelia and a neighbour with nursing experience took over until paramedics arrived and she was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital.

There Amelia was placed in the high dependency unit and constantly monitored until she was declared well enough to return home on Monday afternoon.

Mrs Cope, who broke her finger during the rescue, said: “Jamie was a real hero. He knew something wasn’t right.

“We call Jamie ‘miracle’ because he was born three months premature, spent four months in hospital and contracted meningitis at five months.

"Now he calls himself ‘miracle hero’ and I suppose I really do have two little miracles. It just shows you have to have eyes in the back of your head when children are playing and this might serve as a warning.

“Fortunately it didn’t end in tragedy.”

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5:42pm Sat 24 May 14

JustBecause says...

Kids and ponds don't mix, fill them in its the only safe way.
Kids and ponds don't mix, fill them in its the only safe way. JustBecause
  • Score: 16

7:43pm Sat 24 May 14

Barbara44 says...

Words fail me
Words fail me Barbara44
  • Score: 10

12:57pm Sun 25 May 14

Lancashire always says...

GET THE POND FILLED IN ! I am really glad this did not end in tragedy but I agree you should not have uncovered insecure ponds where children are concerned ,
GET THE POND FILLED IN ! I am really glad this did not end in tragedy but I agree you should not have uncovered insecure ponds where children are concerned , Lancashire always
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Sun 25 May 14

23262958dutch says...

Where there are ponds and young children at family gatherings isn't the priority for one person to keep their eyes on the children at all times.Common sense to me. If they 'wander off 'you follow them and

bring them back to safer area!! despite protests and explain dangers!! Very glad all was well in this instance.

23262958dutch
Where there are ponds and young children at family gatherings isn't the priority for one person to keep their eyes on the children at all times.Common sense to me. If they 'wander off 'you follow them and bring them back to safer area!! despite protests and explain dangers!! Very glad all was well in this instance. 23262958dutch 23262958dutch
  • Score: 6

7:09pm Sun 25 May 14

BIG ERN says...

Here is an idea. You take your kids to a barbecue in a house where you know there is a pond. You know there is every chance the little un will toddle off and explore. So why not go with them instead of expecting others to parent for you.
Here is an idea. You take your kids to a barbecue in a house where you know there is a pond. You know there is every chance the little un will toddle off and explore. So why not go with them instead of expecting others to parent for you. BIG ERN
  • Score: 6

9:28pm Sun 25 May 14

Don Kiddick says...

Barbara44 wrote:
Words fail me
Errrrr . . . 25 ?
[quote][p][bold]Barbara44[/bold] wrote: Words fail me[/p][/quote]Errrrr . . . 25 ? Don Kiddick
  • Score: 4

7:02pm Mon 26 May 14

Comment777 says...

Lancashire always wrote:
GET THE POND FILLED IN ! I am really glad this did not end in tragedy but I agree you should not have uncovered insecure ponds where children are concerned ,
I am sure the pond feels quite happy with itself but if you mean the pond was not covered allowing young children to enter the water the word is 'unsecured'
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire always[/bold] wrote: GET THE POND FILLED IN ! I am really glad this did not end in tragedy but I agree you should not have uncovered insecure ponds where children are concerned ,[/p][/quote]I am sure the pond feels quite happy with itself but if you mean the pond was not covered allowing young children to enter the water the word is 'unsecured' Comment777
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Mon 26 May 14

Comment777 says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
Barbara44 wrote:
Words fail me
Errrrr . . . 25 ?
It must be the stress of the incident.

Bad parenting that almost led to a tragedy
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Barbara44[/bold] wrote: Words fail me[/p][/quote]Errrrr . . . 25 ?[/p][/quote]It must be the stress of the incident. Bad parenting that almost led to a tragedy Comment777
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Mon 26 May 14

whitewall76 says...

Sat on her ars e having a beer maybe? Instead of looking after her child. I'm a parent and this is certainly not my worst nightmare as she suggests. Because I would never let my child be anywhere near an uncovered, unsafe pond/pool.
Sat on her ars e having a beer maybe? Instead of looking after her child. I'm a parent and this is certainly not my worst nightmare as she suggests. Because I would never let my child be anywhere near an uncovered, unsafe pond/pool. whitewall76
  • Score: 2

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