Mum and baby ‘lucky to be alive’ after car crash

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The mum of a four-month-old baby thanked a passing stranger who saved their lives after their car landed upside down in a water-filled ditch.

Baby Imogen was trapped underwater for more than four-and-a-half minutes as mum Beckie Thompson battled to free her from her seat.

The 21-year-old, who has an older daughter Alexis, five, said she owed her baby daughter’s life to a passer-by who gave CPR to her tiny girl, who had stopped breathing. She has been unable to thank him personally as he ran off as soon as he knew Imogen was OK.

She said: “He saved my little girl’s life and I would really like to thank him and everyone else, most of them complete strangers, who stopped to help.”

Beckie, of Quadring, had been on her way to take Imogen to nursery in Gosberton Risegate on September 17.

As she came around a corner in Station Road she swerved to avoid an oncoming van and clipped the bank, with the car landing upside down in the water.

Despite wearing her seatbelt, Beckie was thrown into the back of the car, which she said was lucky as the crash had bent the driver’s door. She clambered out of the 
back door.

She said: “I was screaming that my baby was still in the car. She was upside down in the water, all you could see was her toes.”

She was grateful for help from passers-by and added: “She had been under the water for about four-and-half minutes – I honestly didn’t think she was going to wake up.

“That poor man was shaking and crying as he tried to resuscitate her. I heard her make a sound, but he carried on until she was crying and we knew she was OK.”

Imogen was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she had water pumped from her stomach and was given penicillin.

Beckie was also taken to the same hospital suffering from cuts to her face and an elbow injury. Both are now back home recovering from their ordeal.