A MOTHER has sent her heartfelt thanks to a Lymm school which went “far beyond the call of duty” after her son broke his arm during playtime.
Six-year-old Josh Picton broke his arm in two places when he fell from the monkey bars at Oughtrington Primary School.
The school couldn’t contact his parents – dad John was in a meeting at work and mum Sue had no signal on her mobile – so called for an ambulance.
But when they were told it would be two hours before an ambulance could get there they took the youngster to the nearest hospital.
Altrincham Hospital deals only with minor injuries, however, so had to call an ambulance to take Josh to Wythenshawe Hospital.
By this time his mum had walked into a supermarket where her mobile picked up the wi-fi and she got the school’s original message.
“I’ve never driven so fast – I almost got to Wythenshawe before Josh did,” she said later.
“But I was so grateful for what the school did. They were all fantastic – the teachers, the other staff and the pupils.”
Josh – whose arm was so bent that hospital staff dubbed him “banana arm” – underwent surgery and has made a good recovery.
He was off school for three weeks, although he went back before that to thank everyone.
Sue said: “He has climbed on the money bars many times before and never fallen. Even he doesn’t know how it happened.
“He’s still got to take things easy for a while, but is doing very well.
“The school certainly went beyond the call of duty to see he was cared for as soon as possible.”