They say that no good deed goes unpunished, but sometimes it’s just that it takes a while for a happy ending to come about. A woman working as a trainee paramedic was searching for a man who saved her life as a toddler, only for it to have turned out to have been someone she already knew!
Hannah Portch-Cullis was badly burned during a chip-pan accident over 20 years ago when she was 2 years old. With burns so severe that they induced a coma, Hannah’s parents were told by doctors that their daughter was going to die.
Fortunately, a paramedic by the name of Mike Merrett was able to save her. Hannah herself is now a grown woman and, inspired by the incident that nearly took her life as a toddler, is finishing her first year as a student paramedic.
Trying to find Merrett, the man who saved her life, for years, she eventually learned he was a co-worker of hers all along!
According to Stroud News & Journal, “I have wanted to look the man who saved me in the eye and thank him for so many years, but thought the time had come and gone,” explained Portch-Cullis. “Little did I know that I had been talking to him for months!
“He is the reason that I am training now, he is the inspiration for me to become the best paramedic I can and he is the person to whom I owe my life. I cannot thank Mike enough for what he did for me and my family, I just hope that one day I can return the favour to others in need. This man deserves a knighthood! With the terrible things that have happened all around the world recently, it is easy to spread hate.
“This shows that there is still love and kindness in this world.”
She added, “I have grown up being told of the paramedics and other brilliant medical professionals that saved me, and decided at about the age of five that I wanted to be a paramedic — because of him. Because of him and so many others that helped me, I am healthy, married, happy and working towards my dream to become a paramedic.”
For his part, Mike had the following to say, “It’s something you can’t find out in this job, what happens to a patient, I couldn’t follow it up. I wasn’t sure what had happened after we brought her in, or even if she had survived. I still remember the day it all happened, I didn’t have any idea until Sunday, it really warmed my heart.”