Weston schoolboys become dad’s heroes
PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 July 2013
TWO Weston schoolboys became heroes by coming to the rescue of their dad while he was having a seizure, leaving him covered in blood on the kitchen floor.
Due to the quick-thinking of eight-year-old Joe Trapani and support from his five-year-old brother George, they were able to come to the aid of dad Simon – who has never previously suffered from this kind of illness.
The Worle Village Primary School pupils became their dad’s heroes on June 6 at their home in New Bristol Road.
Joe and George were playing on computer games while Simon was clearing up the kitchen when they heard a crash.
Joe said: “My dad was led there next to the cooker and he was shaking and there was blood coming out of his head.
“I thought he was having a fit so I ran down the road to my friend’s house, because his dad is a paramedic.
“It was very scary and I knew I needed to get help straight away.
“I was terrified for my dad and just wanted to help him.”
Before Joe ran out of the house to get help from paramedic Martin Papworth, he told his sibling to watch over Simon.
George said: “I just mopped blood up, where my dad had fell on the floor. It was scary.
“Joe ran to get Martin and I stayed next to dad to make sure he was safe.”
Martin checked Simon over, as he regained consciousness, and called an ambulance and was taken to Weston General Hospital.
The boys’ mother Heidi returned home as her husband was being put into the ambulance and called her mother to take care of Joe and George.
Simon, aged 39, said: “I’m so proud of them both.
“The doctors think it could have been epilepsy, but this has never happened before.
“I can’t drive for six months and have to see a neurologist. When I went down I smacked my head on the kitchen floor.
“It had not been decorated yet, so it was just a concrete floor and there was a lot of blood.”
Heidi added: “When I got home from work that evening and realised Simon was in safe hands in the ambulance I was overwhelmed with pride for the boys.
“Joe’s bravery was such that he was able to take control of the situation, ensuring that George stayed with Simon while he got help was so smart.
“George’s bravery also shone, he stayed with Simon the whole time.
“The situation could have been much worse without the boys’ brave actions.
“Massive thanks must also go to Martin, he was brilliant and gave the boys much needed reassurance when he attended to Simon.”