A MUM has thanked paramedics and A&E staff who saved her baby daughter’s life after she stopped breathing and ‘turned grey’.

Norah Hickey, from Sandymoor in Runcorn, was only four months old when she was rushed to Warrington Hospital after falling unconscious during a car journey in November last year.

Two days earlier, she had been diagnosed with respiratory infection bronchiolitis - which is thought to have caused her collapse.

Mum Imogen Perry said: “I’d been to pick my little boy up from pre-school and they were both asleep in the car on the way back, but when I pulled in at home Norah had gone grey and stopped breathing.

“I rang 999 and the operator was talking me through what to do, but she wasn’t waking up or responding.

“A rapid response car arrived in three minutes and 22 seconds, and at that point I hadn’t even got the kids out of the car or unlocked the front door

“He took my house keys, opened the house and took Norah off me and by the time I had got inside with my little boy he had a defibrillator and oxygen on her.

“Eventually he managed to bring her round, but she wasn’t out of the woods and they sent an ambulance to take her into A&E.

“On the way to hospital, she went blue in the ambulance and stopped breathing again.

“By the time I had got to resus, the doctors couldn’t believe how great a job they had done and how well that she looked arriving compared to what they were expecting - she had colour, and she was breathing on her own.

“Without them, she wouldn’t be here.”

Norah spent two nights in Warrington Hospital before being allowed home.

Imogen returned to the Lovely Lane site earlier this month to say thank you to staff and is also hoping to track down the paramedics who saved her daughter’s life.

The occupational therapist added: “I’ve had patients who have collapsed in my clinic room before and I’ve taken charge, but I completely went to pieces when it was my own child - it was just a blur, and it was incredibly frightening.

“Because she’d lost consciousness at such a young age, she could have had brain damage or learning difficulties long term.

“But she’s walking and talking and she’s alert, there don’t seem to be any long-term side effects at all and that’s all thanks to them.

“They saved Norah’s life - she’s a very lucky girl.”