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Whitby mum: ‘Thank you all for saving my son’s life’

Leo pictured on the left in hospital following his operation. The right picture shows him with dog Ruby when he's 10
Leo pictured on the left in hospital following his operation. The right picture shows him with dog Ruby when he's 10

The family of a 12-year-old boy who fractured his skull in a horrific fall has thanked everyone who helped save his life.

Leo Tyreman was playing with friends when he came crashing down a steep valley and into the beck at the bottom.

The 12-year-old’s friends immediately called for an ambulance and rushed to get help with three members of the public coming to their aid.

A huge rescue operation unfolded involving ambulance, police and fire crews, plus Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue.

The Eskdale School pupil had been playing on a rope swing in the Helredale area, which is locally called the bluebell swing at Calla Beck.

His mum, Linda Tyreman, said: “He went to jump on the swing and missed, he smacked his head and went tumbling.

“He landed with his bottom half in the beck. If he had landed the other way I dread to think what could have happened.”

It took emergency services around two hours to manoeuvre the youngster out of the beck, across two fields and into an ambulance.

He was rushed to James Cook University Hospital last Friday evening, June 29, and had an operation the following morning to clean his wound and treat the fracture.

Thankfully the youngster is recovering well and was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

The mum-of-five said: “When we got out of hospital I had a conversation with him and he said how he could have broken his back, could be paralysed or could have died. He was knocked unconscious before he began to fall further.

“I want to say a big thank you to the emergency services – they were brilliant.

“I don’t know what would have happened without everyone who helped.

“He’s been very lucky, it could have been so much worse. He’s had an operation on his skull and he’s started his recovery now.

“He’s having physiotherapy and he’s very badly bruised.”

Now Leo is recovering well and his family want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped him.

Linda added: “I got a knock on the door from one of his friends, a little girl called Roxanne, and a lady.

“His friends had phoned for an ambulance, ran to get help and covered him up with coats. They were all absolutely fantastic. I want to thank three members of the public – Ryan Binks, Michael Thomas and Richard Davis who all helped him. They were absolutely marvelous.

“His brother, Christopher, also raced right down to the beck when we found out.

“My husband Anthony and son Richard were both told they couldn’t go down. We’re just so thankful for everyone who helped Leo.”

Emergency services were called and worked together to get Leo to hospital as quickly and safely as possible.

Leo will now be off school until after the summer holidays and is back at home in Helredale Road.