Good Samaritan student Reuben stops bus to help man who had collapsed in the street
Sixth Form student Reuben Bunce-Mason didn’t hesitate for a second when he saw a man collapsed and having an epileptic seizure in the street.
The upper sixth A Level student was travelling on a bus to college on Thursday morning in Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, when he saw the man lying bleeding on the pavement.
Reuben, 17, who is studying History, Media Studies and Sociology, rushed up to the bus driver and asked him to stop so that he could get off and give first aid to the man.
The former Army Cadet said: “The man was bleeding from his nose and mouth and had rolled onto his back so he was choking on his blood. He was having quite a severe fit, so I took control of the situation and placed him in the recovery position.
“I asked someone to call an ambulance and then monitored the man and reassured everyone who had gathered until the paramedics arrived and took him to hospital."
The family of the injured man – who is now at home and is recovering – have praised Reuben’s actions in a letter to the Romford Recorder. They said: “To say that Reuben was incredible that morning is an understatement. It was quite a severe seizure and it's very distressing to witness, but Reuben kept his cool.
“One amazing outcome is that a neighbour is now undertaking a first aid course because he felt so helpless and didn't have a clue what to do.”
Reuben, who is hoping to go to Greenwich University to study Media after leaving college, was first aid trained through the Army Cadets and is now carrying with him at all times a mini First Aid kit, pictured, which would have helped him treat the injured man.
He is also campaigning with his family for First Aid to be part of the curriculum so that even primary school pupils know the basics.
He said: “We have written to our local MP because we think first aid should be taught in schools. It is a life skill that everyone should have.”
Deputy Principal Paul Nutter said the college will be nominating Reuben for an award to recognise his superb citizenship.
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