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Onesie Day: Troy, Mandy and Hannah

Onesie Day: Troy, Mandy and Hannah

Curiosity and a desire to see his mum unloading hay in a paddock lead to a frightening experience for six-year-old Troy.

Troy and his mum Mandy with Wellington Free paramedics

Troy’s mum Mandy was unaware he had followed behind her as she went to start work and was only alerted to his presence when she heard his terrifying screams.

What Mandy witnessed next was something she will never forget. Troy had been kicked in the face by a startled horse and her little boy was screaming and covered in blood.

Mandy immediately took Troy from the paddock, calling for her other son to help and dialed 111.

Wellington Free paramedics Hannah and Allan arrived shortly after taking Troy into the ambulance to assess his injuries. Troy had a severe laceration to his cheek and needed to get to hospital as soon as possible.

Hannah and Allen chose the best possible course of action for Troy driving him directly to Hutt Hospital despite it being over 65kms away so he could receive the specialist care he needed.

Allan says being sent to a child in distress is especially hard as they don’t understand what is going on or what is going to happen to them and they are scared.

“His mum stayed calm which meant so did Troy; he was such a brave young man,” says Allan,

Mandy says she would never have been able to drive Troy to the hospital in the state she was in, “the paramedics’ reassurance that everything was going to be ok was invaluable to me as a mum.”

She will be forever grateful to Wellington Free and knows first-hand how lucky we are to have such a vital resource in the community.

“I just can’t thank Wellington Free enough for everything they did for Troy,” she says.


Troy is putting on his onesie to show his support for Wellington Free Ambulance’s Onesie Day on 4 September 2020. If you’d like to join him, go to our Onesie Day website.



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