Woman searches for man who saved her life as a child, and he turned out to be her co-worker!

June 19, 2017 2:47 pm Last Updated: June 19, 2017 2:47 pm

 

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!

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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.”

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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.”