Teenage lifesaver: Calderdale student hailed a hero

Seventeen-year-old Antonia Senior at Calderdale College.
Seventeen-year-old Antonia Senior at Calderdale College.

A Calderdale College student has been hailed a hero after saving the life of a ten-year-old girl who had collapsed on a bus.

Seventeen-year-old Antonia Senior, who had been on her way to college, leapt into action and gave cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid to Amanda Horse after noticing she had fallen unconscious on the floor of the bus.

“I didn’t have time to stop and think. I turned her over and checked her breathing - I couldn’t see or hear any sign of breath. I gave her mouth-to-mouth - but she still wasn’t breathing.

“So I did 30 compressions on her chest to try and get her heart pumping and then more mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“I checked her body for cuts and bruises and then laid her in the recovery position.”

The drama occurred on Tuesday as Antonia, of Carr House Lane, Shelf, caught the First Bus 681 service from Bradford to Halifax as part of her journey to the college where she studies childcare.

As the bus was passing through Northowram, Antonia suddenly noticed the child on the ground, unconscious.

Just six weeks ago, the good samaritan student had completed a paediatric first aid course as part of her level two childcare course. After giving the emergency first aid, Antonia called for an ambulance and alerted Amanda’s mother, Amie Horse, of Newlands Views, Northowram.

Mrs Horse said: “When Antonia contacted me from my daughter’s phone, I couldn’t believe it. She saved my daughters life. Both my husband and I are so grateful that Antonia was first aid trained and was able to stop what she was doing to help our daughter.

“She really is a little hero. Thank you Antonia.”

But Mrs Horse, of Newlands View, Northowram, said she was upset that others did not stop to help her daughter.

Amanda was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital where she spent three days. It is thought she suffered from an epileptic seizure.

Amanda is now recovering at home.