A young boy suffering from a debilitating brain condition spoke his first word for eight years after an emergency doctor rushed to assist him when he began choking,
Lucas Kirby, aged nine, has lissencephaly – a brain condition which causes disabilities including speech problems. He has never spoken a word but all that changed on March 2.
Dr Andy Mason, a GP volunteer with Suffolk Accident Rescue Service was called to Lucas’s Bury St Edmunds home after mum Tracie dialled 999.
After he and the ambulance service gave Lucas emergency treatment after he had stopped breathing Andy spoke to the youngster and told him his name which Lucas repeated.
Andy was the first word he had spoken and his mum Tracie was overjoyed at the remarkable breakthrough which had just happened.
Andy said: “I walked over to little Lucas and introduced myself. When he repeated my name after me, I assumed that it was because his consciousness was improving. I told his mum this, only for her to say he couldn’t speak so he can’t have said my name. Again I introduced myself and the same thing happened, as clear as anything he said ‘Andy’. This time Tracie was there to witness it – and promptly burst into tears.”
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) paramedic Andy Mascall who was first on scene said: “It was clear Lucas was quite unwell so we immediately started assessing and treating him. He was beginning to show signs of improvement when we clearly heard him say ‘Andy’.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a wonderful moment. It was amazing. Tracie was bawling her eyes out after hearing her son say his first word ever – though I think she was pretty miffed it wasn’t ‘Mum’!”
Tracie added: “As much as I wanted Lucas to be able to speak I didn’t think he was capable. As soon as I heard him say ‘Andy’ I broke down and sobbed. It had been such a rollercoaster day; to go from having your son not breathing and being unresponsive, to doing something you never thought he’d be able to do was very special. Even if he never speaks again, at least I know he can. He’ll always be my little miracle boy,”
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service is 42 years old and provides emergency medical care to appropriate 999 calls. It is run entirely from voluntary contributions and is manned by volunteers. More is available on SARS